The message from the World Health Organization to governments around the globe is to ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. That’s to try and prevent children from taking up smoking and to encourage smokers to quit. Tobacco kills nearly six million people every year, and the numbers are only expected to rise.
We talked with NYC youth about tobacco marketing. Here’s what they shared with us:
We hope our video will raise awareness of the impact of tobacco marketing on our youth. What we learned will help health advocates and legislators understand what’s at stake when we talk about what happens at the “point-of-sale.” We’ve started an online petition to protect our youth from tobacco marketing.
As our Executive Director wrote in an article on World No Tobacco Day, for the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, even one new smoker is one too many, especially when it’s a young person, with their full lives and potential in front of them.