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May 31, 2020

world no tobacco day: behind the marketing machine

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31st may is world no tobacco day.  On this day  we present you with some facts and figures on how global Tobacco industry has generated into a mean marketing machine and the top 10 most appalling Facts about global tobacco Company Misdeeds from the Famous Federal Court Ruling (source :american lung association)
On August 17, 2006, federal judge Gladys Kessler found the major tobacco companies—including Altria (Philip Morris) and RJ Reynolds—guilty on civil racketeering charges (i.e., organized criminal activity). On that day, she issued a final judgment and 1,683-page opinion that found the companies had been covering up the health risks associated with smoking and marketing their products to children for decades. And, finally, after many years of delay the tobacco companies were required to issue the "corrective statements" in newspapers and on TV in 2017 and 2018 that were originally ordered by Judge Kessler's decision.
Here are 10 of the most troubling facts the judge found in her ruling against these tobacco companies: 
  1.  The tobacco companies "concealed and suppressed research data and other evidence that nicotine is addictive." 
  2. . The tobacco companies "falsely marketed and promoted low tar/light cigarettes as less harmful than flavour cigarettes in order to keep people smoking and sustain corporate revenues." 
  3.  The tobacco companies own internal records showed "that smokers switch to low tar/light cigarettes, rather than quit smoking because they believe they are less harmful."
  4.  The tobacco companies "recognised that smokers choose light/low tar cigarettes for a perceived health benefit defendants internally recognised that smokers rely on the claims made for low tar/light cigarettes as an excuse/ rationale for not quitting smoking. 
  5. The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year on cigarette and smokeless tobacco advertising and promotions. In 2018 $9.06 billion was spent on advertising and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco combined—about $25 million every day, and more than $1 million every hour in the united states 
  6. Price discounts to retailers account for 73.3% of all cigarette marketing (about $6.16 billion). These are discounts paid in order to reduce the price of cigarettes to consumers "


7. Starting in the 1950s and lasting at least through 2006, different tobacco companies "at different times and using different methods, have intentionally marketed to young people under the age of twenty-one in order to recruit 'replacement smokers' to ensure the economic future of the tobacco industry." 
8. The tobacco companies "youth smoking prevention programs are not designed to effectively prevent youth smoking." 
9. The tobacco companies "have publicly denied what they internally acknowledged: that ETS [secondhand smoke] is hazardous to nonsmokers." 
10. The tobacco companies' internal records "recognised that ETS [secondhand smoke] is hazardous to nonsmokers." 
 11. The tobacco companies' "marketing is a substantial contributing factor to youth smoking initiation."