Opposition Communication

While you are working hard to educate your community about the dangers of secondhand smoke, the opposition is hard at work too. The industry uses websites and e-advocacy networks to lobby against smokefree indoor air.

One example is www.mysmokersrights.com, which is funded by RJ Reynolds Tobacco. This smoker recruitment program sends out action alerts to mobilize opposition to smokefree air laws. These action alerts encourage smokers to write letters to the editor of their local newspaper and attend public hearings to create the appearance that there is vast opposition to going smokefree within a community.You can sign up for this list to keep tabs on these email alerts going out to members in your state.

Below you will find action alerts and talking points from the industry. Take a look at these samples for a glimpse into how the opposition operates.