It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that big tobacco and liquor advertisements are plastered all over billboards in the hood. Newport, Kool, Hennessy, Ciroc, you name it and you can find it in any hood across America. I used to smoke cigarettes myself (thank God for deliverance; to each his own), and every other gas station or convenience store in the hood sold individual cigarettes for 25 cents a stick! You don't see that too often in the burbs.
I've been fortunate enough to have grown up in the hood, and reside as an adult in the suburbs, so I have experienced the best of both worlds. But what I notice is liquor stores are more prominent in the hood, while white suburban areas have a few package stores here and there. Living in the northern suburbs of Atlanta the last 10 years or so, there has been a number of liquor stores and beauty supply stores to set up shop, typically because there has been a large number of blacks moving into the area, which in return is a result of gentrification in the inner city of Atlanta, in addition to the higher population of blacks than whites in the area. The recent influx of tobacco and liquor, along with beauty supply stores is a sign of retailers adjusting to the shift in population from majority white to quite a few blacks.
But the question is, why the hood has more liquor and tobacco advertisements as opposed to any other neighborhood in any given city? They even use hip-hop artists such as Ludacris, Diddy, and Rick Ross to name a few, in order to promote their liquor, which simply entices buyers and supporters. You go into white suburban liquor stores and they have a tinted window store front with minimal advertisements. And I'm not saying that white people don't drink because believe me...they do, but how come it isn't shoved in their faces like it is for blacks? Let's be honest, Hennessy is easier to find in the hood than an organic apple. I had a conversation with a supermarket manager on the west side about the lack of organics available in urban supermarkets. That's another topic I won't get into now but that lecture is coming.
Long story short, I'm not looking for an easy answer to the question of big tobacco and alcohol advertisements being so strongly announced in the hood, however, any insight that you can give, whether fact or opinion, I want you to express that in the comments section. And as always, click the links for more insight. Be blessed!!