In 1902 Phillip Morris, a British cigarette manufacturer, opened a corporation in New York. They sold such brands as Cambridge, Derby, and Marlboro. Each brand they sold ws named after streets in London towns. In 1924 Phillip Morris introduces Marlboro as a womans cigarettes with the slogan “Mild as May”. A series of adsa in 1926 depicted a womans hand reaching for a cigarette. While other ads featured stylish women poseing in plush settings. By the 1950’s Babies were telling their moms and dads what a great smoke Marlboro was.

During World War II the brand faltered and was taken off the market. Shortly after the war three new brands were introduced carrying the names Camel, Lucky Strike, and Chesterfields. In 1942 Readers Digest published articles that stated that no matter what brand you smoked they were all the same and eash was just as deadly. And in another article they linked smoking to lung cancer. This is when Phillip Morris reintroduced Marlboro as the safer filtered cigarette. Unable to break away from smoking, due to the nicotine adiction, many smokers were breaking their loyalties to try new brands of filtered cigarettes. Phillip Mirris revised their campaign from “Mild as May” to the “tattooed man” which appealed to the male smoker who was concerned with lung cancer.

Esquire proved that there was nothing feminine about the filtered cigarette with ads depicting the new image of the nw Marlboro smoker which was the lean, relaxed, outdoorsman type. The same old flavor was being presented in the safer consumable filtered form. The ad read

“man sized taste of honest tobacco comes full through. Smooth drawing filter feels right in your mouth. Works fine but doesn’t get in the way. Modern flip top box keeps every cigarette firm until you smoke it.” (Phillip Morris Marlboro advertisment 1955) This being the birth of the original Marlboro man. Who was later changed to the cowboy we know of today.

Today advertisments aren’t in the traditional campaigns we know of such as print ads in the newspapers and the ads on the television. In 1998 the tobacco settelment agreement changed the way cigarettes are advertised. Advertisments in magizines are regulated and is only prohibited in adult magizines. And only in ways that does not direct the ads towards underaged smokers. Phillip Morris provides incentives to stores that place their brands within their displays that help Phillip Morris communicat to the adult smoker. They also direct mail promotions that offer coupons and other promotional incentives to the adult smoker. They also conduct a number of brand related events that is only conducted in adult only facilities and age verifications is proformed by state issued ID’s with the persons birthdaqte, address, and photo.

There are different varities of Marlboro which includes Full Flavor, Lights, Ultra lights, Medium, menthol, and the blends. In all there are more then 30 Varities of this one brand. It also should be noted that in august of 2006 the U.S. District Court handed down a ruleing that the terms “low tar”,”lights”,”mild”, “ultra lights,” or natural which they have declared misleading can no longer be used.

There are a number of web sites that offer Marlboro and other cigarettes at discounted prices. Phillip Morris states on their web site and on their international web site that they do not endorse such sales and that any company that does sell Marlboro is doing so illegally. The federal Government restricts such sales and are systematicly sutting down such sites. It is stated by the sales repersentitive of Phillip Morris international that the illegal sales of tobacco not only deprives the government of tax revenue but it also harms legitmate trade channels as well as hinders the efforts in youth provention programs set in place.

Phillip Morris has set forth a strict marketing code that they emforce. Their marketing code is strictly geared towards the adult smoker and is in no way directed towards the youth. This code is set in place for Two reasons it follows their corporate responsibility and it is part of their commitment in the provention of youth smoking. Here are some other key points to their marketing code.

1. Heath warnings are a manditory part of their packageing.

2. They avoid advertising on clothing and other appearl.

3. They avoid advertising in publications even the promitted one because of them being seen by the general public including children.

Phillip Morris also helped start programs that are geared towards the youth provention insmoking they donate money to programs that encourages children to achieve educationally. They also have scholarship programs that offers underpriviledged kids the opertunity to attend summer camps. They now have programs to help adults who want to stop smoking such as quit assist. The programs are availible through their web site as well in medical offices.

Marlboro can not be advertised in ways we are familiar with because of the restrictions and regulations. But they still remain the number one sellin brand on the market today. Wherther its through the spoken word or their mail promotions they still get their point across. And advertise in untraditioanl ways. They don’t offer pop displays or free samples but they do offer promotions in the form of coupons and specials like buy one get one free. Their price range is 2.69 a pack to 5.00 a pack depending on where you live and where you buy them.

They are sold in locations like convienence stores, supermarkets, and gas stations.


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Tobacco companies accused of promoting cigarette brands online

European union ministers back ban on menthol cigarettes

Leading health organisations have expressed alarm at how the internet is being used to promote smoking.

Tobacco companies deny using the online world to market their brands, but there is mounting concern that social networking sites are glamorising smoking, especially among young people.

British American Tobacco (BAT) has been forced to conduct a damage limitation exercise after it emerged that several of its employees had established fan sites on Facebook for the company’s Lucky Strike and Dunhill brands, apparently without the company’s knowledge.

Ash, the anti smoking group, has also established that BAT hired an online marketing firm, iKineo, to promote the Lucky Strike brand in South Africa.

iKineo boasted on its website that it had “extended the Lucky Strike campaign into the digital space, using it to mobilise a powerful underground movement to advocate the brand”.

Other tobacco companies have also looked to the internet. Thousands of smokers who had to confirm they were over 18 simply by clicking on an online box have accessed a website allowing them to design packets for new blends of Camel cigarettes, manufactured by the American firm RJ Reynolds (RJR). The resulting exercise saw the launch of a range of new packets that extended the Camel brand and saw it climb up internet search engine rankings.

The market research exercise did not breach rules prohibiting tobacco advertising, but Robin Hewings, Cancer Research UK’s tobacco control manager, said “The industry has a history of searching for loopholes which allow its lethal products to target young people.”

It is not always clear who has established the pro smoking sites. In 1997 RJR withdrew its Joe Camel cartoon figure from its advertising campaigns after the American Medical Association published a report claiming that young children could recognise him more easily than Mickey Mouse. Now a Facebook search for “Joe Camel” brings up more than 25 sites dedicated to the character.

YouTube also carries old cigarette adverts that would fall foul of the comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, recognised by 168 countries if they were aired on television. An analysis of 163 YouTube tobacco brand related videos, carried out by researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand, found that 71% featured “pro tobacco content”. Many of the clips are highly sophisticated in their use of tobacco packets. One “freeze frame” video shows a Marlboro packet being turned into a Transformer robot similar to those featured in the blockbuster film.

Internal industry papers released as a result of legal action reveal that tobacco firms have been experimenting with the internet as a marketing weapon for years. US tobacco company Lorillard ran an online competition at the start of the millennium allowing young people to vote on their favourite music videos. The competition was ostensibly designed to promote the company’s slogan “Tobacco is Whacko if You are a Teen” a message that has been attacked by anti tobacco campaigners for implying that smoking was acceptable among adults.

Fresh concerns about the tobacco firms’ use of cyberspace were raised last week when it emerged that the annual Global Tobacco Networking Forum had held a workshop on social media for thousands of delegates in the cigarette industry. Those attending also heard a talk on “Social Media in Regulated Markets” from Jason Falls, a leading expert on internet branding.

In an emailed response to the Observer, Falls said he was unable to discuss his talk, citing the conference’s rules barring speakers from discussing the subject with the media. But Falls emailed a copy of a presentation that he gives to other clients in which he discusses how “it is entirely possible to leverage social media marketing and the social web as a company in a regulated industry”.

The presentation notes “Regulations and guidelines are not impediments. They are necessary and opportunities to innovate in the social media space.”

Professor Terence Stephenson, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said “I would like the people who are responsible for these new forms of social media to be more responsible in the content they allow, especially content which glamorises and promotes smoking to young people.”

A BAT spokeswoman insisted it was not company policy to use social networking sites to promote its brands after the allegations first surfaced in an academic paper at the University of Sydney in Australia. “Our employees, agencies and service providers should never use social media to promote our tobacco brands,” BAT said.