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January 31,  2002

truth Airs Two Ads During Super Bowl; Informing Teens About the Dangerous Substances Found in Cigarettes

 

 (SafetyAlerts) - truth(SM), the nation's largest anti-tobacco campaign for teens, will air two ads during the Super Bowl on Fox this Sunday. This is the first time truth(SM) has aired advertisements on the national football championship.

"We're charged about the opportunity to bring the idea of truth(SM) to the nation's top televised sporting event," said Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH, president and chief executive officer of American Legacy Foundation, which sponsors the truth(SM) campaign. "Millions of American consumers, not to mention the teens who know and love truth(SM), will be tuned into the game and then turned on to the fact that there are nearly 600 harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke after seeing these Super Bowl advertisements."

The spots are part of an ongoing effort by truth(SM) to expose the hazards of tobacco use by highlighting chemicals and other substances found in cigarettes and cigarette smoke. The ads are designed to encourage teens to share what they learn about tobacco products with their friends by emphasizing the idea "Knowledge is Contagious: infect truth(SM)."

Both spots scheduled for the game will run thirty (:30) seconds. The spots include the debut of a new ad, "Squadron," and the airing of "Ratman," which was released in the Fall of 2001.

-- "Squadron" (scheduled for the first quarter) -- People are enjoying a sunny day at the beach when they look up to see airplanes overhead pulling banners, but these are not your ordinary promotional beach promotions. The first banner poses the question, "What's in cigarette smoke?" Because the answer includes more than 599 substances, they all can't fit on one sign. So we see a "squadron" of airplanes flying with banners behind them with the long list of toxic substances flapping in their tailwinds. (Squadron creative embargoed until
February 3rd, 8:00 PM EST)
-- "Ratman"(scheduled for third quarter) -- A giant rat (really a young man in a rat costume) climbs out of a Times Square subway station into daylight and a busy New York City street. The rat has surfaced to die, but also to spread his message which passersby discover scrawled on a piece of cardboard left beside him. The message: "There's cyanide in cigarette smoke. Same as in rat poison."


Both ads were created by Arnold Worldwide of Boston and Crispin, Porter and Bugusky of Miami.

The award-winning truth(SM) campaign, hailed for helping to slash youth smoking rates in a study release last December. The December 2001 release of a research study on use of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol by young people reported that smoking rates among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders are declining rapidly, and credited the truth(SM) ad campaign as one of the reasons. The study, "Monitoring the Future," was sponsored by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.

truth(SM), launched in February 2000, is the largest national smoking prevention campaign for youth ever conducted. The campaign exposes the tactics of tobacco marketing and allows teens to make informed choices about tobacco use by giving teens the facts about the tobacco industry and its products. The campaign is funded by the American Legacy Foundation, which was created by the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between the tobacco industry and 46 states
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Source: PRNewswire.

 
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