TakeAPart: British American Tobacco in South Africa
British American Tobacco is Marketing Products to Kids in South Africa
Tobacco companies cannot stay in business unless kids get hooked on tobacco.
Governments must enact and enforce policies mandated by the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to protect kids from the aggressive marketing tactics of tobacco companies. Share now to stop British American Tobacco from marketing to kids in South Africa!
How British American Tobacco Markets Products to Kids
Referring to youth as “replacement smokers”, the world’s largest tobacco companies are targeting kids with special advertising and promotions, tobacco products designed to appeal to youth, and product placement near primary and secondary schools across the globe.
That’s because kids are more susceptible to cigarette advertising and marketing than adults. The vast majority of all smokers begin their addictive habit before they reach age 18, and almost nobody tries smoking for the first time after 18. In other words, if large numbers of kids did not try smoking and go on to become regular users, the tobacco companies eventually would not have enough adult customers to make staying in business worthwhile.
In South Africa, investigations into British American Tobacco efforts to market to kids have uncovered advertising and product placement immediately surrounding primary and secondary schools.
Institute for Global Tobacco Control. Technical Report on Tobacco Marketing at the Point-of-Sale in Cape Twn, South Africa, Product Display, Advertising and Promotion around Primary Schools, MD: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; November 2016
Tobacco Company Quotes on Marketing to Kids
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