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On their websites, tobacco companies encourage people to quit smoking. However, in 2006, a court found that tobacco companies manipulate nicotine levels to keep smokers addicted.
Source: "United States of America, Plaintiff, and Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Ontervenors, v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. (f/k/a Philip Morris, Inc.), et al., Defendants." United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 17 Aug. 2006: 5.
Back in the day, tobacco companies provided the White House with complimentary gold-sealed "Presidential" cigarettes. Way to hail the chief.
Source: Bull, Stephen B. "Presidential Cigarettes." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 13 Apr. 1988. Memo.
Over 99% of convenience stores in the U.S. sell cigarettes. And 70% of teens visit a convenience store at least once a week. Convenient, indeed.
Source: U.S. DEPT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL, PREVENTING TOBACCO USE AMONG YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS: A REPORT OF THE SURGEON GENERAL 12 (2012) http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/ sgr/2012/consumer_booklet/pdfs/consumer.pdf
In DC, Big Tobacco advertises up to 10x more in black neighborhoods than in other neighborhoods
Source: Lee, J. G., Henriksen, L., Rose, S. W., Moreland-Russell, S., & Ribisl, K. M. (2015). A systematic review of neighborhood disparities in point-of-sale tobacco marketing. American journal of public health, 105(9), e8-e18.
Exposure to pro-tobacco movies, TV shows, and ads more than doubles your chances of starting smoking.
Source: Wellman, Robert J., et al. "The Extent to Which Tobacco Marketing and Tobacco Use in Films Contribute to Children's Use of Tobacco: A Meta-analysis." Archive of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Jan. 2007.
Big Tobacco spends nearly $1 million every hour marketing their products at the "point of sale" — a.k.a. where people buy things (like the counter at a drugstore).
Source: Federal Trade Commission. Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2012. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission, 2015. http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2012/150327-2012cigaretterpt.pdf. Accessed November 16, 2015.
As long ago as 1969, a tobacco company executive stated that they had "taken a great many steps to avoid advertising directed to young people." Yet 10 years later, they supplied their products to be featured in The Muppet Movie.
Source: Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. American Tobacco Collection. July 22, 1969. Page: 82 of 197 in PDF. Document Type: Congressional Testimony, Legal Bates Number: 968062385/2581
According to the New York Times, in 1998, one tobacco executive said, "Nobody knows what you'd turn to if you didn't smoke. Maybe you'd beat your wife."
Source: Goldberg, J. "Big Tobacco's Endgame." The New York Times. 21 June 1998. Web.
In 2014, Big Tobacco spent $7.12 billion discounting products at the "point of sale" — a.k.a. where people buy things (like the counter at a drugstore).
Source: 1. U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Cigarette Report for 2014, 2016, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-tradecommission- cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_cigarette_report_2014.pdf; 2. FTC, Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2014, 2016, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_smokeless_tobacco_report_2014.pdf