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Everyone knows that advertising has long been used to influence society -- particularly around consumption of goods. But advertising has also been used for good, with the goal of educating American society on a variety of important issues and topics.

The non-profit Ad Council has long been using the traditional TV advertising medium to inform and educate Americans about all sorts of important subjects such as safety, education, health, the environment, and community service.

Here are 8 of the most iconic public service ads the Ad Council has produced, ranging from Smokey Bear to the Crash Test Dummies.

Ads For Good From The Ad Council
Crying American Indian: Canoe
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Ad Council partnered with Keep America Beautiful to create a powerful visual image that dramatized how litter and other forms of pollution were hurting the environment. The ad featuring actor Iron Eyes Cody, who subsequently became known as "The Crying Indian," first aired on Earth Day, 1971.
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