|Cigarettes (and candies) for sale under glass. This guy sells loose cigarettes, maximizing access for kids.|
Smokes and sweets: Cigarettes and
candies sold side by side on a
Of course, few products are less 'organic' than tobacco, which uses soil, water and fertilizer, but feeds nobody, and pollutes the air when it's consumed. And, according to investigative reports, here and here BAT and Philip Morris encouraged cigarette smuggling in order to avoid taxes - and put cheaper smokes in Colombian stores and streets. According to this testimony in the U.K. Parliament, big tobacco also collaborated with Colombia's outlaw terror groups, helping them launder profits by smuggling in cigarettes.
|A young man smokes |
near the University del Rosario.
|Green brand cigarettes, a Philip Morris product, appeal to young men using rebellion and romance. I still see sexy young women handing out free samples to young people near universities - without bothering to check recipients' ages.|
|Colombia recently required |
graphic warnings on cigarette packs.
|"Live your dreams." A bus stop poster for Mustang cigarettes does its best to associate smoking with sports.|
|In a supermarket, a Mustang ad uses sexy cheerleaders.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours