Tobacco marketing has morphed, but it still cleverly targets young people
MinnPost- April 13, 2016

The days of Marlboro Man billboards and the Joe Camel cartoon are long gone, but tobacco industry marketing is alive and well in Minnesota. People who do not use tobacco likely do not understand the breadth and depth of tobacco marketing. Compared to an era when cigarettes were advertised on billboards and TV, it may seem that tobacco advertising is a tactic of the past.
How Tobacco Companies Led A Devastating 50-Year Infiltration Into Black Communities
Huffington Post- April 11, 2016

Lincoln Mondy’s asthma is probably the only reason why he’s never smoked a cigarette. Doctors warned his parents about the dangerous effects their smoking habit could have on their son, but it was almost impossible to stop because in Farmersville, Texas, “tobacco is everything,” according to Mondy. At the age of 14, Mondy took matters into his own hands when he made a PowerPoint presentation for his mom, whom he lived with, which warned her about tobacco’s adverse effects. With the support of Mondy and other family members, his mother eventually quit smoking by the time he was 15. But getting his father to quit was a different beast to tackle.
Local view: Big Tobacco’s targeting harms African-American community
Duluth News Tirbune- April 11, 2016

There is one problem that hasn’t found its liberator in helping African-Americans break free, however, and that’s Big Tobacco’s predatory targeting of menthol-flavored tobacco. Of every African-American who smokes, 88 percent smoke menthol-flavored tobacco. People say how they love the cool, soothing feel or how much better menthol-flavor cigarettes taste. That’s exactly what Big Tobacco was aiming for.
Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation Applauds Tobacco 21 Policies
March 30, 2016

Today, Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation released the following statement on the national movement to save lives by raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21:
Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation supports the national Tobacco 21 movement and encourages Minnesota to look for ways to move forward on raising the purchase age to 21 to prevent addiction and future health problems.

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