1 in 4 LGBTQ individuals smoke.
"Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons and Tobacco Use." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 Feb. 2017.https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/disparities/lgbt/index.htm
Several studies have found a greater number of tobacco advertisements in African American neighborhoods.
Source: "Disparities and Menthol Marketing: Additional Evidence in Support of Point of Sale Policies." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Open Access Journal, Anderson, 2016 ; Moreland-Russel, 2013; Rising 2011
"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.
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.
Big Tobacco's products affect the readiness and performance of the military.
Source: Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations, 2009
In the past, a tobacco company planned to boost cigarette sales by targeting the gay community. They even called their plan Project SCUM.
Source: Unknown. PROJECT SCUM.. 1995 December 12. RJ Reynolds Records. Unknown
Big Tobacco gave free cigarettes to psychiatric facilities.
Source: Prochaska, J. J., Hall, S. M., & Bero, L. A. (2008). Tobacco Use Among Individuals With Schizophrenia: What Role Has the Tobacco Industry Played? Schizophrenia Bulletin, 34(3), 555–567. http://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbm117
According to a U.S. Department of Defense memo, 38% of military smokers start after enlisting.
Source: Odani S, Agaku IT, Graffunder CM, Tynan MA, Armour BS. Tobacco Product Use Among Military Veterans — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 12 Jan 2018;67:7–12.
In cities like DC, there are up to 10 times more tobacco ads in black neighborhoods than other neighborhoods.
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
Despite declining smoking rates in civilians, smoking prevalence in the military continues to rise.
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
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.
Big Tobacco once proposed a brand targeting younger smokers, called Kestrel. A kestrel is a bird that preys on small rodents.
Source: George-Perutz, Andrew. "Project Screen (Kestrel, Heron, Nightingale)." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 20 Jan. 1989. Letter.
In the past, A major tobacco company saw the military as an attractive marketing opportunity because of its young adult servicemen that they describe as “classic downscale smoker,” “less educated,” “part of the wrong crowd,” “in trouble with authorities,” and having “limited job prospects.”
Source: Military YAS Initiative, RJR, 1989