"This is my friend Donald," says a bearded young man, who pulls back an orange curtain to reveal an older, slovenly black man holding a piece of paper. The man reads, "According to recently uncovered documents, a well known tobacco company planned on boosting sales of cigarettes in the mid-90s by specifically targeting gays and homeless people. What did they call the little plan? Project Subculture Urban Marketing -- also known as Project SCUM. But I'm sure they meant that in a good way. "
This example from the $116 million annual "truth" campaign, part of the Orange Curtain ad series, aired widely on BET, MTV, MTV2 and WB. The campaign, launched in February 2000, is the largest national smoking prevention campaign for youth ever conducted. Notes Dr. Cheryl Healton, president and CEO of the American Legacy Foundation, "The American Legacy Foundation is the first national philanthropy to identify the GLBT community as a priority population for countering the tobacco industry's marketing efforts."