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"Pink" Tobacco Marketing has Health Advocates Seeing Red

May 14, 2007

Pink purses, pink jewelry, pink packaging are all part of the newest tobacco campaign to hit Oregon. Anti-smoking advocates say they're concerned the new Camel No. 9 campaign is targeting young Oregon women. Kylie Meiner with the Multnomah County Health Departme says linking cigarettes with fashion accessories could lead to a sharp increase in women smoking.

“When hot pink cell phone jewelry or hot pink cigarettes are being promoted to young women and girls, they're really susceptible to the 'style' of these cigarettes.”

Camel manufacturer R.J. Reynolds says they're just looking to meet the needs of their consumers.

But Tabithia Engle with the Tobacco Free Coalition of Oregon says the health of Oregon's young women is at stake.

“We're not protecting them from second-hand smoke in the workplace, and we're not adequately funding tobacco prevention, so big tobacco is winning.”

Oregon lawmakers are currently considering expanding the state's smoke-free workplace law to include all businesses. Currently bars, restaurant-bar combos and bowling alleys are among the areas not protected.

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR