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Big Tobacco is Ready to Sell Something New

A new way to stay hooked on tobacco Phillip Morris (the manufacturer behind brands like Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Parliament, and more) has a new strategy in their sales game: it’s time to switch to heated tobacco products. According to Philip Morris, these products are better alternatives to cigarettes because they’re smoke-free. Has the tobacco industry developed a conscience, suddenly concerned about the health of…

How the Tobacco Industry Hurts the LGBTQ+ Community

The Problem In recent decades there’s been a significant increase in brands appealing to the LGBTQ+ populations. As more brands turn to inclusive marketing to reach new demographics, we are seeing more products specifically designed toward once isolated individuals. However, not all of these products help the community, and in the case of the Tobacco industry, they actually destroy it. While it may look…

Big Tobacco & Targeting the Troops

Enough is enough. Big Tobacco has manipulated and preyed on members of the military for too long. On Armed Forces Day, the best way to celebrate these heroic men and women of the Armed Forces is to protect them from harm. It’s time to give them reinforcements in the ongoing battle against Big Tobacco, which has a firm grasp on members of the military….

COVID-19 and the Risks to Smokers

COVID-19 is a health danger for everyone. But for smokers, the threat is even greater. Being a former or current cigarette smoker increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Of course, it’s known that smoking reduces lung capacity and impairs lung function. The bigger problem during the pandemic is that it increases the risk of respiratory infections while also increasing the severity of…

Menthol & Big Tobacco’s Manipulation

Decades of Manipulation  The decades-long web of systemic targeting of Black smokers is tangled, including attempts at policy influence, organizational ties, promotions, and targeted marketing.   In the 1960s, the tobacco company Brown and Williamson developed the Kool brand of menthol cigarettes specifically for African Americans. The new cigarette ads featured Black models and were promoted as “young, hip, new, and healthy,” to the public.  At the same time, Big Tobacco…