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Tobacco Giants’ Huge Profits Show Hypocrisy in Opposing Tobacco Tax Increases

Governments should increase tobacco taxes to reduce smoking, save lives

Editor
May 23, 2014

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Tobacco companies claim they have smokers' interests at heart when they oppose tobacco tax increases. But they are all too willing to exploit smokers for their own financial gains, as shown by a USA TODAY story this week.

USA TODAY reviewed companies in the Standard and Poor's 500 and found that three tobacco giants — Philip Morris International, Altria and Lorillard — are among the top 10 with the biggest profit margins, a measure of how much companies keep of every dollar in revenue after paying expenses. The three tobacco companies all have profit margins of over 40 percent.

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posted May 23, 2014

Warning: This Concert Is Hazardous to Your Health

Indonesia’s Java Jazz promotes cigarettes as much as music

Editor
Mar 22, 2013

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When young fans attended the Java Jazz music festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, earlier this month, they had to walk through concert grounds plastered with advertising for Djarum Super Mild, the cigarette brand that sponsored the concert.

When performers such as Joss Stone took the stage, they performed under a cigarette logo.

And for weeks before the concert, Djarum promoted its deadly products using the images of music stars, in the process telling kids that smoking is fun and glamorous.

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posted March 22, 2013

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