One tobacco company brainstormed reaching its target consumer from ice cream trucks.
The CEO of a top e-cig brand said other e-cig manufacturers used flavorings "to attract children." Fast-forward ten months and that same CEO was introducing "Butter Crumble" and berry flavors, saying, "flavor is essential to vapors' satisfaction." How old are those vapors?
Source: Richtel, Matt. “E-Cigarette Makers Are in an Arms Race for Exotic Vapor Flavors.” The New York Times. 15 June 2014. Web.
In 1995, 43% of teens in West Virginia smoked. Today, only 16.2% of teens in West Virginia smoke. Damn, West Virginia teens are killing it at living.
Source: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. Addressing Tobacco Use and Its Associated Health Conditions in West Virginia. Charleston, WV: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, West Virginia Division for Tobacco Prevention, Office of Community Health Services and Health Promotion, 2016.
The DoD spends more than $1.6 billion each year on tobacco-related medical care, increased hospitalization, and lost days of work.
Source: Pentagon aims to curb tobacco use by military: memo; Reuters; April 26, 2016.
In actual documents from 1991, Big Tobacco profiled various female mindsets. They described one type of woman by saying she "lacks control over her life," "feels vulnerable," and is "mainly negative about the future."
Source: "Mindset Segments." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Jan. 1991. Report.
In 2007, Camel sold pink and teal-packaged cigarettes which attracted young girls.
Source: Pierce, JP, et al. "Camel No. 9 cigarette-marketing campaign targeted young teenage girls." Pediatrics. Apr. 2010. 125(4): 619-26. Web.
In the 90s, Big Tobacco sent free cigarettes to troops deployed overseas during Desert Storm.
Source: Smith, E. A., & Malone, R. E. (2009). “Everywhere the Soldier Will Be”: Wartime Tobacco Promotion in the US Military. American Journal of Public Health, 99(9), 1595–1602. http://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2008.152983
As late as 1999, tobacco companies placed in-store advertising signage at a child's eye level.
Source: "Point-of-Purchase Tobacco Environments and Variation by Store Type --- United States, 1999." CDC. 08 March 2002. 51(09): 184-7. Web.
There is more smoking in TV shows rated TV-PG than in TV shows with a TV-14 rating. In other words, smoking is more prevalent on shows that aim to reach younger viewers. Hmm.
Source: Cullen, Jennifer, et al. "Depictions of Tobacco Use in 2007 Broadcast Television Programming Popular Among US Youth." Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 165(2). 07 Feb. 2011: 147-151. Web.
1 out of 3 smokers begin smoking before the age of 14.
Source: Mowery PD, et al. "Legacy First Look Report 3 Pathways to Established smoking: Results from the 1999 National Youth Tobacco Survey." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. Oct. 2000. 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.
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
As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed "covertly" contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.
Source: "Salem: Recommendations to "Plus" New York Test." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 13 Aug. 1998. Report.