The Philip Morris Anti Smoking Campaign Essay

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The Philip Morris Anti Smoking Campaign

Traditionally, many advertisements released by cigarette brands under the Philip Morris label have depicted happy people joined together in friendship (supposedly due to their common habit). Other advertisements attempted to associate cigarettes with sleek mystical figures, sometimes even sexually desirable ones. All this has changed, however, due to recent legal developments in which the cigarette giant was pressured to offer anti-smoking ads, in addition to the usual fictional ones depicting happy mannequins. In no way were they to advertise cigarettes, and they were mandated to help stop youth smoking. These requirements placed Philip Morris in a difficult situation. They needed to satisfy the
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The two tree-covered banks of the river converge in the distance far beyond the dingy as if to immortalize the moment. This moment, as the reader discovers, is one which should be anything but immortalized. Hidden up in the clouds is a well-camouflaged light yellow box reading "HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHY SOME KIDS YOUR AGE SMOKE CIGARETTES". As the eye continues to wander down towards the darkened water between the dingy and the camera, one arrives at some text at the bottom of the page just beyond the edge of the picture. At the right is another yellow box similar to the one up in the clouds. This one contains the text, "TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT NOT SMOKING. THEY'LL LISTEN.". On the left are two small paragraphs in plain font, containing the quote "How to start the conversation [about smoking] is up to you". The attention of the reader returns to the image, and once again sees nothing but a bleak emotionless picture. Just to make sure the advertisement does not attract any potential vacationers, the river is dotted with algae, and there is not a single artificial structure in sight. In comparison to the dozens of other ads found in magazines such as this one, nearly any reader would simply pass over it without a second thought. For those who *do* play closer attention, however, Philip Morris has carefully chosen visual queues to quickly send them on to the next page.

The ad plays on the need to escape, but instead of

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