Germany is a paradise for tobacco companies: It has hardly any restrictions on advertising. There are smoking ads at bus stops, near schools and in cinemas -- companies like Philip Morris even give away free cigarettes to youngsters at music festivals and in universities.
The goal? To get children and young people to start smoking. Every other EU country has banned this type of advertising. But not Germany.
With your help, we can get a law passed that stops the tobacco industry from advertising to young people.
But we’ve picked a mighty foe: Big Tobacco and its cronies have been blocking an anti-smoking bill like this for decades.
You can take on Big Tobacco if you make a small monthly gift now. It doesn’t have to be much -- if you and thousands of SumOfUs members give a little each month, it will go a long way.
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Study after study has shown that tobacco advertisements are especially effective at getting young people to start smoking.
The tobacco industry loses hundreds of thousands of customers each year to lung cancer and heart disease. So it's looking to replace its customer base by advertising to those most vulnerable: children.
It will come as no surprise to you that there’s a reason for Germany’s lax laws: tobacco money in politics. Big Tobacco is buying the health of our children from politicians -- and so far, they’re getting away with it. But with your help, we can stop this.
Over the next few months, we will work with members like you to write letters to German MPs, go to politicians' offices, and mobilise doctors and teachers to get the message to German politicians: Stop being a stooge to the tobacco industry and start protecting our children.
And you can win this. Together, we’ve successfully taken on big corporations before. This year, thanks to your incredible support, we got major neonic pesticides banned in the EU -- a historic victory over Bayer and Monsanto.
Please make a small monthly gift today to help stop Big Tobacco.
If we win this, it will have ripple effects all over the world. And you can help make it happen by making a small regular gift each month.
It's not just Germany at stake. A recent study revealed the exploitative tactics the tobacco industry uses in countries around the world -- from advertising near schools to putting cigarettes right at kids' eye level.
Germany is a big player on the world scene, and its lax tobacco laws have a signalling effect in many other countries. So far Germany has also blocked regulation against Big Tobacco at an international level -- both at the World Health Organisation and the European Union.
If we win this campaign, we can send a clear signal to politicians: we are watching you. Stop colluding with the tobacco industry and protect our children’s health.
But we need your help to take on this huge industry.
Can you please make a small monthly gift to make it happen?