Quit smoking – Big Tobacco  to Run Ads Why

Quit smoking – Big Tobacco  to Run Ads Why

 

Major U.S. tobacco companies have begun running ads nationally telling the American people the truth about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke and therefore telling us why we need to quit smoking.  A federal court in 2006 ordered the companies to make these “corrective statements” after finding them guilty of breaking civil racketeering laws and lying to the public about the dangers of smoking and how they marketed to children. The ads are finally running after 11 years of appeals by the tobacco companies aimed at weakening and delaying the statements. Public health advocates welcome the corrective statement ads because they will focus attention on the enormous public health problem caused by tobacco use and the need for strong action to save lives. To reduce tobacco use, advocates are calling for increased funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

The Gant News post on Tuesday November 21,2017 quoted Stanton Glantz, professor, University of California, San Francisco as saying  “But it is meant to, to some extent, reverse 50 years of lying to the public.”

Although this is considered a “landmark moment” by the American Cancer Society and perhaps will convince some to quit smoking, there appears to be some concern that the print and TV ads will not be the best way to reach the young people who will be the future “replacement smokers” .

Whether it is primary cigarette, cigar, pipe or vaping smoke; or  breathing in secondary indoor or outdoor smoke or even the dust from residual smoke, experts agree that all are bad for the individual and the effects of these even on children are dangerous.  “The only thing we should be breathing is air” seems to be the message but we would add “Fresh Air” to the statement.  This gives people another really good reason to quit and hypnosis can help.

Below is the text of the Big tobacco’s Court ordered  corrective Statements:

Text of Court-Ordered Corrective Statements:

United States v. Philip Morris USA Inc.

 

Adverse Health Effects of Smoking

A Federal Court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA to

make this statement about the health effects of smoking.

 Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans. Every day.

 More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car

crashes, and alcohol, combined.

 Smoking causes heart disease, emphysema, acute myeloid leukemia, and cancer of the

mouth, esophagus, larynx, lung, stomach, kidney, bladder, and pancreas.

 Smoking also causes reduced fertility, low birth weight in newborns, and cancer of the

cervix.

Quit Smoking

Addictiveness of Smoking and Nicotine

A Federal Court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA to

make this statement about the addictiveness of smoking and nicotine.

 Smoking is highly addictive. Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco.

 Cigarette companies intentionally designed cigarettes with enough nicotine to create and

sustain addiction.

 It’s not easy to quit.

 When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain – that’s why quitting is so hard.

 

Lack of Significant Health Benefit from Smoking “Low Tar,” “Light,” “Ultra Light,”

“Mild,” and “Natural” Cigarettes

A Federal Court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA to

make this statement about low tar and light cigarettes being as harmful as regular cigarettes.

 Many smokers switch to low tar and light cigarettes rather than quitting because they

think low tar and light cigarettes are less harmful. They are not.

 “Low tar” and “light” cigarette smokers inhale essentially the same amount of tar and

nicotine as they would from regular cigarettes.

All cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease, heart attacks, and premature death – lights, low

tar, ultra lights, and naturals. There is no safe cigarette.

 

Manipulation of Cigarette Design and Composition to Ensure Optimum Nicotine Delivery

A Federal Court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA to

make this statement about designing cigarettes to enhance the delivery of nicotine.

 Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA intentionally designed

cigarettes to make them more addictive.

 Cigarette companies control the impact and delivery of nicotine in many ways, including

designing filters and selecting cigarette paper to maximize the ingestion of nicotine,

adding ammonia to make the cigarette taste less harsh, and controlling the physical and

chemical make-up of the tobacco blend.

 When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain – that’s why quitting is so hard.

 

Adverse Health Effects of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

A Federal Court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA to

make this statement about the health effects of secondhand smoke.

 Secondhand smoke kills over 38,000 Americans each year.

 Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and coronary heart disease in adults who do not

smoke.

 Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death

syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma, and reduced

lung function.

 There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

 

 

These ads are to run on TV beginning 11/26,2017 five times per week for one year.  In the newspapers the companies will run five full-page ads in the Sunday editions of 50 plus newspapers. From November 26, 2017 to March 4, 2018.  For more specific information about the ads see: https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/content/what_we_do/industry_watch/doj/2017_10_CorrectiveStatementsRemedy_summary.pdf

Although there is plenty of optomisum about these facts finally being publicized there is still much work to be done to prevent illness and deaths from smoking.  Cigarette smoking alone causes almost 500,000 deaths each year in the US.   About one in five US adults some form of tobacco products in 2015 according to the CDC.  Each person must make their own decision to quit smoking for their own protection but also for family and loved ones.  Make that decision now and use hypnosis to help.