I saw a new one yesterday that claimed some tobacco companies specifically started a campaign to target homeless people and gays, and they called it “project scum.” I was rather shocked at this, does anyone know if this claim is true?
I also find these ads annoying, but I think the original idea behind them was a good one, that is, to try to just come out and tell the truth about smoking without pitiful little catch phrases like “tobacco is whacko.” It would work better, IMO, to just have real teens / adults tell what smoking has done to them, and for young people, emphasize the short-term effects from smoking, as teens don’t care about long-term health risks.
The idea of placing some blame on tobacco companies is ok to me, they use(d) deceptive advertising and questionable marketing at best and outright lied at worst. I quit about a year ago and it does anger me that I gave so much money to these companies, but I do take responsibility for my own health, and my own choices. I would never sue them if I got sick because of smoking, but I do think they should be limited in their advertising.
BTW, Truth ads do not make me want to smoke. I find them annoying, but advertising in general does not make me need to go out and do anything as a reaction against their message, especially endanger my health out of spite. YMMV.