The tobacco-related health crisis has been spread internationally by a handful of giant corporations, led by Philip Morris. The active and deliberate marketing and promotion of tobacco by corporations like Philip Morris has ensured the massive expansion of tobacco addiction around the world.
The Hall of Shame has helped to change the public climate to recognize and reject the corrupting influence of corporate money in our democracy. According to a poll conducted for Corporate Accountability International, two-thirds of U.S. adults believe the political influence of giant corporations-such as the tobacco companies-weakens our democracy.
For decades, the tobacco industry has made false promises to fend off regulations, denied and covered up the real targets of its massive marketing and promotional campaigns. In the meantime, the global tobacco epidemic has reached new proportions.