Maryland Makes Smokers Public Enemies No. 1

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The first work from gkv communications and public relations partner Porter Novelli for Maryland’s Tobacco-Use Prevention and Cessation program broke last week.

The $14 million “Smoking stops here” campaign, half advertising and half grass-roots initiatives, seeks to change what gkv officials called a “social norm.”

“We started from the plain fact that no matter how provocative we make them, the last thing the world needed was another commercial about the dangers of cigaretteand second-hand smoke,” said JeffMillman, creative director at gkv.

Instead, the Baltimore agency, which won the account last December, decided to undercut what Millman called the “tacit approval...

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