Vantage was introduced nationwide in November 1970 in the United States. Vantage is notable for its innovative filter design. Rather than featuring a solid filter like most cigarette brands, Vantage’s filter features a conical hole in its center. While seemingly as mysterious as Parliament’s recessed filter, Vantage advertising from 1977 states that the reasoning behind the design is to give “smokers the flavor of a full-flavor cigarette without anywhere near the ‘tar’ or nicotine”.
It received its biggest advertising push in the 1970s and ’80s but is now categorized as a ‘non-support’ brand; though R.J. Reynolds will not provide marketing support for Vantage, the company will maintain the brand’s distribution where there is consumer demand.
In September 2015, the Food and Drug Administration forbade the selling of 4 brands: Camel Bold Crush, Vantage Tech 13 and the regular and menthol versions of Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter cigarettes because R.J. Reynolds had failed to prove that the cigarettes were no more dangerous than brands that have been on the market longer.
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