You may be wondering, What else can I do? There’s plenty, and we need everyone – young and old – to get involved and let our friends, family, the media, and policy makers know the truth about Big Tobacco’s ongoing deception and manipulation, and voice our support for tobacco-free policies.
We know there has been a lot in the press about how tobacco companies claim they are “good corporate citizens” now, that they have changed their ways, but facts speak louder than their corporate ad buy…tobacco companies are in the business of selling a product that, when used as directed, kills.
Did you know:
- Most tobacco executives don’t smoke themselves! In fact, one top executive said that people who smoke are gullible and stupid.
- The tobacco companies buy influence. They are often the single largest contributors to political campaigns, both at the national level and at the state level. Is it any wonder that it is difficult to get strong and effective tobacco legislation passed?
- The tobacco companies in the US reap more than $50 billion in sales each year. With so much at stake, they are willing to go to great lengths to deceive, cover-up, and hide the truth, both from the government and potential customers.
- Tobacco companies routinely use a set of “dirty tricks” to try to block local communities from passing strong tobacco control regulations. They secretly fund “front groups” that claim to be local grassroots organizations, they distribute phony studies trying to convince business owners of the dangers of smoking restrictions, and they harass people and organizations involved in the tobacco control movement.
- Tobacco companies spend more on advertising than any other industry except the auto industry. Most of this advertising is highly deceptive, trying to sell images of sex, rebelliousness, belonging, independence, success, and health. Rarely do they focus directly on their actual product—cigarettes.
For those who need a little more convincing that Big Tobacco hasnt changed its deceptive ways, read our Eight Reasons NOT to Support Tobacco Companies and visit www.BigTobaccoSucks. They just might change your mind.