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Fighting the globalization of big tobacco what can we do

Fighting the Globalization of Big TobaccoWhat Can We Do??

C.U.S. - Communities Under Siege-

United Against The Globalization of Big Tobacco


While california s general smoking prevalence rate is 14
While California’s “general”Smoking Prevalence rate is 14%…

  • African Americans smoking rate is the highest

    • Males -- 21.4%

    • Females – 17%

  • African Immigrant Populations

    • East African males high smoking prevalence

    • West African countries-Senegal, Mali, South Africans

  • African Countries Prevalence Rising (especially youth and women)

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Smoking and tobacco related diseases kill 45 000 african americans every year
Smoking and Tobacco Related Diseases Kill 45,000 African Americans Every Year

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In the United States, smoking and tobacco related deaths kill more African Americans than AIDS, car accidents, violence and other non-tobacco related cancersCOMBINED!!!

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As the United States implements tougher tobacco control laws and regulations, the Tobacco Industry is increasing aggressive targeting and marketing to Africa.

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4 million people worldwide die each year from tobacco use
4 Million People Worldwide and regulations, the Tobacco Die Each Year From Tobacco Use

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By the year 2025, that number will climb to 10 million with 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countries

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In the U.S. the Tobacco Industry 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countriespretends they have changed and that they now want to be good “corporate citizens”, but what they are doing in the rest of the world shows nothing has changed…

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Marlboro baby clothes from togo west africa
Marlboro Baby Clothes 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countriesfrom Togo, West Africa

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www.cus-united.org 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countries


www.cus-united.org 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countries


www.cus-united.org 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countries


Concert in dakar senegal
Concert in Dakar, Senegal 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countries

  • Excellence

  • is a popular cigarette brand in Senegal

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www.cus-united.org 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countries


www.cus-united.org 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countries


www.cus-united.org 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countries



www.cus-united.org jobs to Africa


But the reality is- jobs to Africa most tobacco growers are “sharecroppers” existing as many African Americans families did after slavery ended in the U.S.

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www.cus-united.org jobs to Africa



www.cus-united.org images of Africans


Advertisement from Essence Magazine, targeting with young images African of American their women heritage.

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They link their deadly products to the kool hip hop generation
They link their deadly young images African of American their women heritage.products to the “Kool” hip hop generation

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www.cus-united.org young images African of American their women heritage.


While we are globally distracted by
While we are “globally distracted by… young images African of American their women heritage.

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Priorities and concerns

African/American Priorities young images African of American their women heritage.

Economic Development

Racism/Oppression

Other Health Concerns

Chronic Diseases

AIDS

Poverty

Violence

African Priorities

Economic Development

Post Colonialisation

Other Health Concerns

Tropical Diseases

AIDS

Poverty

Political Instability/War

Priorities and Concerns

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Big tobacco plots on us as their own secret internal documents reveal
Big Tobacco plots on us as their own secret internal documents reveal…

  • They co-opt our leadership

  • They conduct research on us

  • They work to undermine laws that will protect us

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  • African American leadership groups: smoking with the documents reveal…

  • enemy

  • V B Yerger, R E Malone

  • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • Tobacco Control 2002;11:336–345

  • Background: Among all racial and ethnic groups in the USA, African Americans bear the greatest

  • burden from tobacco related disease. The tobacco industry has been highly influential in the African

  • American community for decades, providing funding and other resources to community leaders and

  • emphasising publicly its support for civil rights causes and groups, while ignoring the negative health

  • effects of its products on those it claims to support. However, the industry’s private business reasons for

  • providing such support were unknown.

  • Objective: To understand how and for what purposes the tobacco industry sought to establish and

  • maintain relationships with African American leaders.

  • Methods: Review and analysis of over 700 previously secret internal tobacco industry documents

  • available on the internet.

  • Results: The tobacco industry established relationships with virtually every African American

  • leadership organisation and built longstanding social connections with the community, for three

  • specific business reasons: to increase African American tobacco use, to use African Americans as a

  • frontline force to defend industry policy positions, and to defuse tobacco control efforts.

  • See end of article for

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R j reynolds tobacco co 1990 document 507381920 1939
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. 1990 documents reveal…Document # 507381920/1939

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R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 1983 documents reveal…

Black smokers study: Doc. # 503392588/2620

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We must have a global response
We Must Have A Global Response documents reveal…

  • We cannot allow Transnational Tobacco companies to undermine the health and well being of developing countries

  • We cannot allow precious resources to be diverted to pay for health care cost for smoking related illnesses

  • We cannot allow good land to be used to grow tobacco instead of food

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What can you do
What Can You DO? documents reveal…

  • Join with CUS in signing our resolution in support of the FCTC

  • Ask elected officials to make tobacco control a “pressing issue”

  • Work to get organizations and elected officials to refuse tobacco industry contributions

  • Support local, state, and national funding of local and global tobacco control issues (we can’t afford not to)

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The Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) is a global tobacco treaty that was adopted in May 2003 by the member countries of the World Health Organization. The FCTC is the first international health treaty of any kind, and it sets a foundation that will help protect the children of developing nations.

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The c u s project

The C.U.S. Project global tobacco treaty that was adopted in May 2003 by the member countries of the World Health Organization.

Will work with African American and African/Caribbean immigrant organizations to sign a voluntary resolution

1) denouncing the predatory activities of the Tobacco Industry in Africa,

2) demanding that the U.S. Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) standards be observed in international marketing efforts,

3) supporting ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and

4) denouncing the acceptance of Tobacco Industry sponsorship in the San Francisco Bay Area



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www.cus-united.org themselves!!!


www.cus-united.org themselves!!!


www.cus-united.org themselves!!!


www.cus-united.org themselves!!!


www.cus-united.org themselves!!!


www.cus-united.org themselves!!!


People of african descent must work locally and globally to protect our people from the big tobacco
People of African descent must work locally and globally to protect our people from the Big Tobacco

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