How anti-smoking ads went from ‘just say no’ to ‘damn the man’

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During Sunday’s Oscars, two public service ads made a jarring argument for quitting smoking: Essentially, that Big Tobacco hates black people. The commercials, which could have cost more than $1 million each, follow Insecure and Greatest Ever’s Amanda Seales through the streets of Washington, D.C. as she describes the racist tactics deployed by Big Tobacco over the years.

For example, that major cities have 10 times more tobacco ads in black neighborhoods than in others; that...

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