More than 30% of Marines smoke — the highest smoking rate among all US service members.
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
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.
In 1974, a tobacco company explored targeting customers as young as 14.
Source: "RJR Domestic Operating Goals and Assumptions." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 21 Nov. 1974. Document.
In the past, Big Tobacco called African Americans a ‘Market Priority’.
Source: Special Market Analysis: Black, Hispanic, Military. Rep. no. Jhbf0092. Industry Documents Library.
Although African Americans usually smoke fewer cigarettes and start smoking cigarettes at an older age, they are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases than whites.
Source: "African Americans and Tobacco Use." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 August 2016
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.
African Americans are less likely to successfully quit smoking than white Americans.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010 ; Center for Disease Control and Prevention ; November 11, 2011
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
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
Dogs and cats are twice as likely to get cancer if their owner smokes.
Source: Reif, John, Christa Bruns, and Kimberly Lower. “Cancer of the Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses and Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Pet Dogs.” American Journal of Epidemiology. 147(5). 1998. Web.
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 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