Girl, have you noticed what the tobacco companies are doing?

The Danger of Tobacco Companies

Big Tobacco companies target African American communities placing ads on the windows and doors of small stores using specific images and messages to appeal to African Americans

Tobacco is immensely destructive in African American/Black communities, causing more deaths than AIDS, accidents, and homicide combined. Tobacco companies’ manipulative tactics have led to African American/Black communities experiencing the greatest burden of tobacco-related mortality of any racial or ethnic group in the United States

Big Tobacco systematically targets African American/Black communities by plastering neighborhood stores with deceptive ads, and offering discounts on their products. Studies have found there are up to 10x more tobacco ads in neighborhoods where people predominantly identify as African American/Black, particularly for menthol cigarettes, which Big Tobacco has specifically pushed in the community for years.


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