In 1996, a major tobacco company planned to boost cigarette sales by targeting homeless people. They called their plan"Project SCUM: Sub Culture Urban Marketing."
In 1972, a tobacco company considered adding honey to cigarettes because teenagers like sweet products.
Source: "Tobacco Company Quotes on Marketing to Kids." Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington, DC. 14 May 2001. 3. 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.
Big tobacco has glamorized smoking in ads featured in LGBTQ magazines.
Source: SMITH EA, OFFEN N, MALONE RE. Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: Noncommercial Tobacco Content in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Press. Journal of health communication. 2006;11(7):635-649. doi:10.1080/10810730600934492.
Big Tobacco's products affect the readiness and performance of the military.
Source: Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations, 2009
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.
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.
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.
Teens who see tobacco use in movies have more positive attitudes towards smoking.
Source: "The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use. Tobacco Control Monograph No. 19." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. June 2008.
People with mental illness die about 5 years earlier than those without these disorders; many of these deaths are caused by smoking cigarettes.
Source: Tobacco Use Among Adults with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders (Secondary Source CDC Report) ; March 10, 2017
Back in the day, tobacco documents included a segmentation of the women's market into groups like "emotional bra burning extremists" and "blatant lesbians."
Source: Satterthwaite, F.B. "Segmenting the Women's Market by Women's Role, Women's Lib and Other Social Forces #7591." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 18 June 1973. Report.
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.
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.