Cancer Research UK today announced the launch of a social media campaign, #coughup, which aims to empower young people (16-24 year olds) to stand up against the tobacco industry and make them pay for the damage they cause.
The four-week anti-tobacco campaign centers around a creative piece of video content featuring world-renowned spoken word artist Suli Breaks, and highlights the grave injustice of the massive profits made by the tobacco industry, along with the financial burden the industry places on our society (e.g. financial impact on the NHS, illness and lost days at work).
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- Tobacco companies make an equivalent profit of almost £4,000 for every death they cause
- In the UK, the tobacco industry needs to recruit 100,000 new smokers each year to replace those who die
- The tobacco industry makes more money than McDonalds, Coca Cola and Microsoft combined.
Suli Breaks commented on his involvement: “Everyone has a choice about what they put into their body, but we need to be more conscious of the huge influence the tobacco industry has. They created this product, and continue to sell it, despite knowing it kills up to two in three long term users*. They have become pretty good at staying out of the limelight, so it’s great to be able to support this campaign and help raise awareness of this injustice.”
The campaign urges young people to make the tobacco industry pay for the damage they cause by sharing the content and signing a petition to actively demonstrate their support. The petition demands the government impose a £500 million levy or tax on the tobacco industry’s market share in the UK.
Abigail Brown, Head of Health Marketing at Cancer Research UK, commented: “We hope the campaign strikes a chord with young people and inspires them to stand up for themselves and their future. By taking a stand against the corporate power of the tobacco industry and pledging support to make them pay for the damage they cause, young people will be directly contributing to efforts to reduce the economic impact of this industry on our society”.
If successful, the levy would be used to secure funding for gold standard stop smoking services, mass media campaigns to help people quit, and to tackle the illicit trade in tobacco.
- e that smoking could cause breast cancer.
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