As late as 1999, tobacco companies placed in-store advertising signage at a child's eye level.
Insecure follower. Has menial boring job. Probably leads fairly dull existence. Emotionally insecure. Problems with self-esteem. Passive-aggressive. Lacks inner resources. Grooming not a strong priority. Lower standard of living. These are all terms taken from Big Tobacco's files that have been used to describe different groups of potential customers for their deadly, addictive products.
Source: Hunter, C.S. "Marketing Research Report. Inner City Black Creative Exploratory." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 16 Jan. 1989: 5.
LGBTQ young adults are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco.
Source: "This Free Life Campaign." FDA. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2 May 2016.
In 1984, a tobacco company called younger adult smokers "replacement smokers."
Source: "Tobacco Company Quotes on Marketing to Kids." Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids. 14 May 2001: 2.
Big Tobacco makes $37B a year selling cigarettes to people with mental health issues. *
Source: * Calculation based off of WSJ (April 2017) article. Wall Street Journal ; Against All Odds, the U.S. Tobacco Industry is Rolling in Money
The more 10-14 year olds in the U.S. see smoking in movies, the more likely they are to start smoking.
Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General Executive Summary." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. 2012.
Smoking causes impaired lung growth during childhood and adolescence.
Source: "The 2004 Surgeon General's Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking. What It Means To You." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004. 27-36. Report.
Between 2010 and 2016, smoking was depicted in 34% of youth rated movies, and 71% of R-rated movies.
Source: Tynan MA, Polansky JR, Titus K, Atayeva R, Glantz SA. Tobacco Use in Top-Grossing Movies — United States, 2010–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 7 Jul 2017;66:681–686.
A study in DC just three years ago found that little cigars and cigarillos were cheaper in neighborhoods with a higher density of black residents.
Source: American Journal of Public Health : Peer Reviewed. "Marketing Little Cigars and Cigarillos: Advertising, Price, and Associations With Neighborhood Demographics" ; Jennifer Cantrell, DrPH, MPA, Jennifer M. Kreslake, MPH, Ollie Ganz, MSPH, Jennifer L. Pearson, PhD, MPH, Donna Vallone, PhD, MPH, Andrew Anesetti-Rothermel, MPH, Haijun Xiao, MS, and Thomas R. Kirchner, PhD ; October 2013, Vol 103, No. 10
Big Tobacco once said people “entering stressful situations, e.g., starting a new job or entering the military” often start to smoke or smoke more. They targeted their products to the US military.
Source: PM, PHILIP MORRIS,DUNN,WL JR,SCHORI,TR. SMOKING BEHAVIOR AND STRESS. 1971 November. Philip Morris Records.
In the 50’s, Big Tobacco went into low-income neighborhoods and housing projects to hand out free cigarettes. Some went to children as young as 9 years old.
Source: WILLIE EVANS v. LORILLARD TOBACCO COMPANY. Superior Court of Massachusetts, County. WILLIE EVANS, as Executor of the Estate of Marie R. Evans, Plaintiff v. LORILLARD TOBACCO COMPANY, Defendant ; CIVIL ACTION NO: 2004–2840–B ; September 01, 2011
In the US, 540,000 people die a tobacco-related death every year.
Source: "Smoking and Mortality — Beyond Established Causes." NEJM. Brian D. Carter, M.P.H., Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., Diane Feskanich, Sc.D., Neal D. Freedman, Ph.D., Patricia Hartge, Sc.D., Cora E. Lewis, M.D., Judith K. Ockene, Ph.D., Ross L. Prentice, Ph.D., Frank E. Speizer, M.D., Michael J. Thun, M.D., and Eric J. Jacobs, Ph.D., 12 Feb. 2015.
More than 30% of Marines smoke — the highest smoking rate among all US service members.
Source: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, March 30, 2017