Given a few million in extra pocket change, it might be interesting to offer to buy a 30 second spot(s) during a superbowl and show counter-ads. A network would never allow counter-ads to be shown because they are in the business of selling dreams, but if it were shown it might make people stop and think that to some degree slick ads just like political propaganda can fool people into wanting dumb things with unintended consequences.
B.T.W. here is an idea for any corporate lawyers, sue about about the fair use of your companys brand trademark. Like they say in the Mastercard commercials, the publicity would be "priceless."
Advertising like political propaganda is the art of getting people to believe in a dream world and advertisers know what buttons to push,
kind of like how the Taliban brain washed their followers into believing that the United States is the enemy of Islam,
or how Nazi propaganda helped put Hitler in power.
So to some degree consumers of cigarettes, followers of the Taliban and Nazi party, all have something in common and that is they all were fooled into buying a self destructive reality.
In the U.S., smoking causes 1 of every 5 deaths. Cigarettes kill more than 1,200 Americans every day (which is about a third of the number of people who died on 9/11 in the WTC) or somewhere around 440,000 American deaths each year, and two to three million annual deaths worldwide.
Tobacco may not kill until middle age or later, but in some sense it selects its victims young, approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, nearly 4,000 young people under the age of 18 try their first cigarette. Nine of every ten smokers became addicted before reaching age 19. If you smoke you most likely will die from cardiovascular disease, followed by cancer.
US-based multinational Philip Morris "the world's biggest cigarette company" spends billions on advertising trying to seduce young consumers (when ya think about it, advertising is to cigarette companies, like brainwashing young suicide bombers is to terrorists groups). A survey a few years ago found that nearly 80% of American advertising executives from top agencies believed cigarette advertising does make smoking more appealing or socially acceptable to children.
On the bright side if you are a capitalist with environmentalist leanings you should applaud the nicotine cartel (a.k.a. multinational tobacco companies) for doing their fair share to help rid the world of poor stupid folks. As people wise up in the developed world (i.e. the United States), the nicotine cartel unleashes new ad campaigns in places like Sri Lanka, China, Pakistan, Venezuels, Turkey, and South Africa in the hopes of repeating the cycle of killing off poor stupid folks in foreign lands. An article titled "The Nicotine Cartel" by Anne Platt McGinn in the July/August 1997 issue of World Watch Magazine, is a timeless (bleeding heart liberal) prospective of the tobacco industry.