While almost all global sports have banned sponsorships from Big Tobacco, Formula 1 racing teams have put the pedal to the metal and will rake in an estimated $105 million this year, according to a new report by tobacco industry watchdog STOP.
- F1’s audience is alluring for Big Tobacco: 400 million unique global viewers, about 35% of whom are under 25.
- Tobacco cash for F1 has reached its highest level since 2006.
- F1 announced 2 decades ago that it would end tobacco advertising and sponsorship by 2006; that ban was later changed to a “recommendation” allowing McLaren, Ferarri, and others to get support.
STOP released its report as the sport’s governing body is set to select a new president. Last year, 100+ advocates from 36 countries called on current president Jean Todt to end tobacco sponsorship in the sport and live up to its 2001 public commitment to do so.
Hazy Picture of Nicotine and US Youth
A long-term trend of less nicotine use among US students in grades 6 through 12 has reversed due to the popularity of vaping, according to a JAMA Network Open article published today.
The cross-sectional study based on 16 years of survey data from 15,000 to 36,000 students found:
- The number of days the average student used nicotine products per month fell from 5.6 days in 1999 to 2.2 days in 2017, only to swing upwards to 4.6 days in 2019.
- It then fell back to 3.6 days in 2020.
What does it mean? “This study suggests that whether the health risks associated with nicotine product use among US adolescents have increased owing to the popularity of e-cigarettes depends on one’s assessment of the risks associated with vaping,” the authors wrote.