“We don't smoke the shit, we just sell it. We reserve the right to smoke for the young, the poor, the black and the stupid.” (Response of an R J Reynolds Tobacco Company representative when asked why none of the company's executives smoked.)
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Although many elected officials attest that they’re not influenced by contributions, research shows otherwise. Research appearing in the American Journal of Public Health concludes that “tobacco industry campaign contributions have a significant influence on legislative behavior at the state level."
Big tobacco continues to sell menthol cigarettes, fruit and candy-flavored little cigars, hookah, chew and e-cigarettes that are especially attractive to youth, people of color and LGBTs.
Big Tobacco uses campaign contributions to elected officials and independent expenditure committees to try to get their way.
Tobacco Industry Lobbying Total (US Congress, Source: OpenSecrets)
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