As late as 1999, tobacco companies placed in-store advertising signage at a child's eye level.
A recent study showed that low-income neighborhoods are more likely to have tobacco retailers near schools than other neighborhoods.
Source: Heather D’Angelo, PhD, Alice Ammerman, DrPH, RD, Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, Laura Linnan, ScD, Leslie Lytle, PhD, and Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD. Sociodemographic Disparities in Proximity of Schools to Tobacco Outlets and Fast-Food Restaurants. AJPH ; September 2016, Vol 106, No. 9
Each day, about 2,000 youth under 18 try a cigarette for the first time.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2017 National Survey on Dru Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2018.
Because of something called the ‘smoking wage gap,’ young smokers could miss out on up to $10,000 a year.
Source: United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Usual Weekly Earnings Of Wage And Salary Workers Second Quarter 2016.19 July 2016.
Tobacco companies have been targeting women with their advertising for the last 80 years.
Source: "Women and Smoking: Report of the Surgeon General." CDC. Factors Influencing Tobacco Use Among Women, 2001. 44, 96. Report.
Tobacco companies actually went to court to fight for the right to keep tobacco advertising near high schools. They won. Congrats, Big Tobacco!
Source: "Lorillard Tobacco Co., et al., Petitioners v. Thomas F. Reilly, Attorney General of Massachusetts; Altadis U.S.A. Inc., et al., Petitioners v. Thomas F. Reilly, Attorney General of Massachuetts." Supreme Court of the United States. 00-596, 00-597. 2000. Court Brief.
Some kids exposed to secondhand smoke have more body fat and slower learning skills.
Source: "Second-hand Smoke Increases Fatness, Hinders Cognition in Children." Medical Xpress. 28 Jan. 2016.
In 1989, one tobacco company called the threat of an acute deficiency of young adult smokers the "doomsday scenario."
Source: FCB/LKP Marketing Planning Department. "Winston 1990+." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 18 Dec. 1989. Document.
1981: "Today's teenager is tomorrow's potential regular customer." Said a tobacco researcher whose company was definitely not targeting kids.
Source: "PM USA Research Center - Young Smokers Prevalence, Trends, Implications and Related Demographic Trends." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 31 Mar. 1981. Report.
During Desert Storm, Big Tobacco sent voice-recorded holiday cards to deployed soldiers. Their rationale? “Awareness and visibility of Marlboro among young adult smokers.” Happy holidays?
Source: Smith, E. A., & Malone, R. E. (2009). Tobacco Promotion to Military Personnel: “The Plums Are Here to Be Plucked.” Military Medicine, 174(8), 797–806.
"If they're really really not selling to children, we're all going to be out of business." -Tobacco Company Exec, 1998
Source: "Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Aug. 1989. Report.
People with serious mental illness are more likely to smoke, putting them at risk for smoking-related cancer, lung disease, and cardiovascular disease.
Source: American Psychological Association; Kirsten Weir ; Home // Monitor on Psychology // June 2013 Monitor on Psychology // Smoking and mental illness
In the U.S. in 2015, 66.7% of young adult smokers made a past year quit attempt.
Source: Babb S, Malarcher A, Schauer G, Asman K, Jamal A. Quitting Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2000–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 6 Jan 2017;65:1457–1464.