In an effort to build distance from their cigarettes, tobacco manufacturers began buying up household name products and re-branding themselves. The most notable of these label swaps was Philip Morris becoming Altria (inspired by altruism). Many familiar family-friendly products are now tobacco company subsidiaries:

  • Kraft Foods, Inc., the largest U.S. food company (Oscar Mayer, Jell-O, Post cereals, Maxwell House), and Miller Brewing Company, the no. 2 U.S. brewer (Miller, Red Dog, and Lowenbrau) are owned by Philip Morris Co.
  • R. J. Reynolds owns 80.5% of Nabisco Holdings Corporation (Oreo, Ritz, Snackwells).
  • Loews Corporation (owned by the Tisch family of Lorillard fame) owns CNA Financial, Loews Hotels, and Diamond OffShore Drilling

“He’s Back”

Video clip of television advertisement
Produced by the California Department of Public Health

The New York Times, page A7
January 30, 2003

“Diversification in the tobacco industry”

Journal article by Alan Blum, MD
New York State Journal of Medicine, vol. 85, no. 7, page 328
July 1985

“Tobacco Industry Conglomerates: Report on Diversification in the Tobacco Industry”

Report by Alan Blum, MD
Update Details, a weekly publication of the American Lung Association national office, vol. 13, no. 15
April 13, 1990

Tom Toles of The Washington Post
The Buffalo News

Wayne Stayskal
Tampa Tribune

Kirk Anderson
Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin)
October 1990

“I’m sure cartoons had an important impact on my adolescent views of smoking. Mad magazine had plenty of anti-smoking messages; even Wacky Packages told grade schoolers that smoking was for morons. Imagine the social good that could be unleashed if Mad and comic books replaced all school textbooks. A Utopia through cartoons is within our reach!” ~ Kirk Anderson

Rob Rogers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wayne Stayskal
Tampa Tribune

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