Lung cancer. Emphysema. Heart disease. Stroke. Asthma. These are just some of the disease that smoking causes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Cigarette smoking causes more than 440,000 deaths each year in the US. This is about one in five deaths”. These deaths are preventable. What compels America to continue allowing for the advertisement of tobacco products? My white paper is a journey through the societal attitudes, industry trends and policy mandates surrounding tobacco advertising from the 1940s to the present day. While we have come a long way, it is still incredible that cigarette companies continue to target children–the next generation of customers. Our evolution over time ends with Obama’s Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which finally gave the FDA the power they needed to have a heavy impact on the tobacco industry’s marketing and advertising. I also take a strong stance on smoking and suggest a policy heavily in favor of banning all advertising all together–but I don’t want to spoil the whole ending!
Our innocence is gone. America must start taking responsibility for the well being ourselves and our children. We can no longer just sit by, blowing smoke.