GET BIG TOBACCO'S HANDS OFF NYC
-- SUPPORT A STRONG FCTC!
at NYC City Hall Park - February 19, 2003)
by Kristin Riegel
Genesee County Reality Check
The tobacco industry has been using US images in many of its foreign
promotions and advertisements. Why? Because it works so well. The tobacco
companies have learned that one of the best advertising tactics you
can use is to sell tobacco products as being American.
The tobacco industry falsely portrays America and its people as almost
all being smokers, all for a bigger profit for them. When people in
other countries were asked what cities come to mind when they think
of the U.S., answers such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago
were mentioned by some, but the number one answer by far was New York
Once again, Why? Because New York symbolizes everything people from
many countries around the world want. People want and admire
the freedom, the success, the lifestyle. As the worlds most visible
city, New York provides a great tool for the tobacco industry to use
to market death. The Statue Of Liberty seems to be the most abused US
symbol when it comes to tobacco promotions. The people of NY and of
the US should be outraged that lady liberty is being exploited and is
a representative for an industry that kills over half of its users.
York" brand cigarettes (China)
brand cigarettes (Peru) -- Comment: Shes Happy, shes
pretty, shes enjoying life
Dream" brand cigarettes (Georgia) -- How much more can you
say? And at the bottom of this patriotic box is the head
of the Statue Of Liberty.