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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 29, 2020 11:13 AM
From: Representative Brian Kirkland
To: All House members
Subject: Condemning Big Tobacco’s Targeted Advertising in Low-income Communities
Tobacco use disproportionally affects people who live in low-income communities through the exploitative business tactics used by big tobacco when combined with the inequitable access to preventative medicine and cessation programs. Within these communities, the risk of developing lung cancer and other deadly tobacco-related illnesses presents a clear health disparity perpetuated by the often-inadequate resources available.
For decades, tobacco companies have used deceptive marketing practices, such as intentionally locating retailers near schools and keeping prices of cigarettes low, to target neighborhoods that are already facing inequality and suffer the greatest by the wealth and health gaps present in our society. These practices have proven to be predatory attacks against some of our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians and should not remain unchecked.

It is for these reasons and more that I am introducing a resolution condemning the practice of tobacco companies’ targeted advertising in low-income communities. We must bring awareness to the damaging effects this practice has had on the families we serve and the efforts taken by public health programs to counteract these manipulative actions.

It is time to recognize and take the necessary steps to rectify the widespread damage created by tobacco companies in these neighborhoods. Please join me in supporting this resolution.

Introduced as HR132