Break The Tobacco Marketing Net


  • The more tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship that young people see and hear, the more likely they are to become tobacco users.
  • In most countries, about two thirds of students have seen advertisements promoting cigarettes on billboards. In India’s most populous state, rates are even higher, with 80% of students who reported seeing tobacco ads on billboards.
  • Half of all billboards in Indonesia contained cigarette advertisements.
  • When tobacco companies are prohibited from advertising tobacco products on billboards, they still use this space to advertise their brands of travel, clothing and cafés.
  • One of the most effective ways countries can protect the health of their people, especially youth, is to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.


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