A tobacco company once gave $125,000 worth of food to a charity, according to an estimate by The Wall Street Journal. Then, they spent well over $22 million telling people about it. I guess when you sell a deadly, addictive product, you need all the good PR you can get.
Branch, Shelly. "Philip Morris' Ad on Macaroni and Peace - Kosoco Tale Narrows Gap Between Philanthropy, Publicity." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 24 Jul. 2001. Article.http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/pmu41c00/pdf
Over 99% of convenience stores in the U.S. sell cigarettes. And 70% of teens visit a convenience store at least once a week. Convenient, indeed.
Source: U.S. DEPT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL, PREVENTING TOBACCO USE AMONG YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS: A REPORT OF THE SURGEON GENERAL 12 (2012) http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/ sgr/2012/consumer_booklet/pdfs/consumer.pdf
Big Tobacco spends nearly $1 million every hour marketing their products at the "point of sale" — a.k.a. where people buy things (like the counter at a drugstore).
Source: Federal Trade Commission. Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2012. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission, 2015. http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2012/150327-2012cigaretterpt.pdf. Accessed November 16, 2015.
Low-income neighborhoods are more likely to have tobacco retailers near schools than other neighborhoods
Source: DâAngelo, Heather, Alice Ammerman, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Laura Linnan, Leslie Lytle, and Kurt M. Ribisl. "Sociodemographic Disparities in Proximity of Schools to Tobacco Outlets and Fast-Food Restaurants." American Journal of Public Health 106.9 (2016): 1556-562.
In DC, Big Tobacco advertises up to 10x more in black neighborhoods than in other neighborhoods
Source: Lee, J. G., Henriksen, L., Rose, S. W., Moreland-Russell, S., & Ribisl, K. M. (2015). A systematic review of neighborhood disparities in point-of-sale tobacco marketing. American journal of public health, 105(9), e8-e18.
In 2014, Big Tobacco spent $7.12 billion discounting products at the "point of sale" — a.k.a. where people buy things (like the counter at a drugstore).
Source: 1. U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Cigarette Report for 2014, 2016, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-tradecommission- cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_cigarette_report_2014.pdf; 2. FTC, Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2014, 2016, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_smokeless_tobacco_report_2014.pdf
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
34.1% of middle school students report seeing advertisements for tobacco products on the Internet.
Source: "Tobacco Use, Access, and Exposure to Tobacco in Media Among Middle School and High School Students-- United States, 2004." CDC. 01 Apr. 2005: 54(12) 297-301. Web.
Back in the day, tobacco companies provided the White House with complimentary gold-sealed "Presidential" cigarettes. Way to hail the chief.
Source: Bull, Stephen B. "Presidential Cigarettes." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 13 Apr. 1988. Memo.
In 2001, 12-14 year olds were more likely to report having seen smoking on TV and movies than were 18-24 year olds.
Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2012." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. 2012. Report.
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.
Over 99% of convenience stores in the U.S. sell cigarettes. 99.6% sell other tobacco products. And 92% have tobacco ads on display. That's a lot of 9's to say: convenience stores sure seem to be crazy about cigarettes.
Source: 1. Cigarettes Generate Big Revenue for Convenience Stores: Analysis of 2013 State of the Industry Report. The Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing http://center4tobaccopolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Cigarettes-Generate-Big-Revenue-September-2013.pdf 2. Feighery, E. C., Ribisl, K. M., Schleicher, N. C., & Clark, P. I. (2004). Retailer participation in cigarette company incentive programs is related to increased levels of cigarette advertising and cheaper cigarette prices in stores. Prev Med, 38(6), 876-884.
Exposure to pro-tobacco movies, TV shows, and ads more than doubles your chances of starting smoking.
Source: Wellman, Robert J., et al. "The Extent to Which Tobacco Marketing and Tobacco Use in Films Contribute to Children's Use of Tobacco: A Meta-analysis." Archive of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Jan. 2007.