The aim of the SmokeFreeARTS campaign is to raise awareness about the tobacco industry’s involvement in funding arts, culture and heritage organisations in the UK.
Several tobacco companies fund/sponsor arts, culture and heritage organisations as a part of their corporate social responsibility campaign by which they attempt to improve their public image. Often, in return for sponsoring these organisations, tobacco companies gain exclusive VIP benefits allowing them to host exclusive events which they can use as venues to promote their commercial agenda and influence policy makers.
The SmokeFreeARTS campaign invites arts, culture and heritage organisations, and funders of these organisations, to sign a declaration to end tobacco industry funding of the arts.
As of April 2016:
– JTI is a Corporate Supporter of the Southbank Centre. On 20th May 2016, SmokeFreeARTS received news that the Southbank Centre had decided to “terminate its low level corporate membership contract with JTI early and will not be partnering with tobacco companies in the future”.
Media coverage of SmokeFreeARTS: