Tell Good Charlotte, The Cranberries, Jared Leto, Neon Trees, Ed Kowalczyk  & Others: Drop Tobacco Sponsorship in Indonesia!
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Dirt Radicals booking agent
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Management, The Cranberries
Danny Goldberg
Good Charlotte management
Ron Laffitte
CAA, Neon Trees booking agent
Ryan Harlacher
Blood Red Shoes, Press (UK)
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Brady Brock
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Manager, Neon Trees
Neon Trees, Press
Lauren Schneider
Management, The Cranberries
Danny Goldberg
30 seconds to Mars international booking agent
Mike Greek
Neon Trees, Press
Jen Appel
Dirt Radicals booking agent
Debbie Lu
Jared Leto, Agent
Josh Lieberman
Jared Leto, Agent
Mick Sullivan
Blood Red Shoes, Press (UK)
Jenny
Richie Madden Children's Foundation
Good Charlotte international agent
Marlene Tsuchii
Good Charlotte US agent
Brian Greenbaum
Happy Mondays PR
Jayne Houghton
Ed Kowalczyk international agent
Emma Banks
Ed Kowalczyk
Franco booking agent
Richard Tan
Good Charlotte management
Lexi Ben-Meir

Tell Good Charlotte, The Cranberries, Jared Leto, Neon Trees, Ed Kowalczyk & Others: Drop Tobacco Sponsorship in Indonesia!

    1. Petition by

      Marita Hefler

      Annandale NSW, Australia

Jared Leto's band 30 Seconds To Mars just got a coveted nomination for a Teen Choice Award. Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has his own children's foundation. Neon Trees are staunchly anti-tobacco. Ed Kowalczyk is a supporter of World Vision. So why are they playing an Indonesian music festival designed to get children hooked on tobacco? The artists have ignored more than 2000 people who have urged them to dump the sponorship...but it's not too late to do something. Ask them to donate their fee to an Indonesian foundation to help kids with cancer!

Indonesia’s largest and highest profile music event Java Rockin’ Land will be held at Jakarta’s Ancol Beach from 22 to 24 July 2011. Sponsored by cigarette company Gudang Garam, the line-up includes Neon Trees, 30 Seconds to Mars, Good Charlotte and Ed Kowalczyk (USA), The Cranberries (Ireland), Happy Mondays and Blood Red Shoes (UK), Franco (Philippines) and The Dirt Radicals (Australia).

Cigarettes kill more people worldwide than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Indonesia has over 70 million smokers, and smoking kills 200,000 Indonesians every year – tens of thousands more than were killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Many of the artists performing at Java Rockin’ Land have given their support to relief for victims of natural disasters, support for critically ill children and children living in poverty, efforts to fight cancer and AIDS, and environmental causes.

Yet by performing at a tobacco-sponsored festival in Indonesia they will be helping to sell cigarettes to young people – a product that leads to death, disability and hardship, in addition to causing environmental damage. These bands would not be allowed to perform under tobacco sponsorship in their own countries. 

Most governments recognize the deadly effectiveness of such advertising in enticing young people to smoke and have banned it. Not Indonesia. It is one of the few countries in the world that has not signed the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Awareness of the dangers of smoking is low, and cigarette companies have an open playing field when it comes to marketing, advertising and sponsorship - even handing out free samples at events.

The musicians at this event will essentially become brand ambassadors for the cigarette company. There’s a reason why tobacco industry shells out millions of dollars for this type of sponsorship – it works.

Musicians do have the ability to stand up to the tobacco industry's marketing tactics. In February 2011, Maroon 5 instructed promoters to cease the use of a cigarette brand in the promotion of their Jakarta concert. In April 2010, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson removed tobacco advertising and sponsorship from her Jakarta concert. Similarly, Alicia Keys refused to play her 2008 Indonesian tour unless sponsorship and marketing from Phillip Morris’ Sampoerna brand was halted. 

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    1. Neon Trees to donate to Indonesian Cancer Fund!

      Marita Hefler
      Petition Organizer

      A big thank you and congratulations to Neon Trees who responded to the criticism and have announced they will donate their cut of the festival to the Indonesian Cancer Fund. Let's hope other bands follow their lead!

    2. Tweet to the bands!

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Got Twitter? Send this tweet today: .@tylerinacoma Will the @NeonTrees donate $ from your upcoming Indonesia show to childhood cancer fdn? http://chn.ge/qhe8iT

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Challenge to all the artists: donate your fee to support kids with cancer!

      Marita Hefler
      Petition Organizer

      Only 2 days to go & all the bands seem determined to play under tobacco sponsorship. So here's our challenge: don't just take the money & run, donate your fee to the Indonesian Care For Cancer Kids Foundation. On Twitter? Please spread the word!

    5. Are they playing for the tobacco $$$ or the fans?

      Marita Hefler
      Petition Organizer

      Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn was asked via Twitter if they would donate their fee from Java Rockin' Land to a children's anti-smoking or cancer support charity in Indonesia. His response: "That's an excellent idea!" But will they do it?

    6. 30 Seconds to Mars Supports "Healthy Lifestyle"

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Jared Leto's 30 Seconds to Mars is made up of vegans who "sacrifice tofu" before their shows instead of goats, Leto recently told a reporter. If they're so healthy, how could they be playing a music festival designed to lure more teens into smoking?

    7. Five Popular Bands Suprisingly Sponsored by Big Tobacco

      Marita Hefler
      Petition Organizer

      Clearly these bands are serious about their social and ethical credentials, so why are they appearing under the banner of big tobacco, an industry recently ranked a distant last in a global international reputation survey?

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. More media coverage of this campaign

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      More than 1,000 music fans have signed an online petition on Change.org asking Provo, Utah-based Neon Trees to pull out of an international music festival sponsored by a tobacco company, ArtistDirect reports -- follow the link for the whole post.

    10. Tobacco is the #2 expense for Indonesian Poor

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Tobacco is the #2 expense for the Indonesian poor, says this new article from TODAYOnline. Households spend an average of 8 percent of their income on cigarettes. Why are the Neon Trees and other bands bolstering this public health disaster?

    11. Neon Trees Under Attack For Tobacco Sponsorship

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Here's an update with the latest signature totals and info about this campaign!

    12. No. 1 Hit Band Neon Trees Under Attack For Tobacco Sponsorship

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Music fans are slamming Provo, Utah-based Neon Trees -- famous for their No. 1 hit “Animal” -- for playing an international music festival sponsored by a tobacco company despite winning an award for anti-cigarette advocacy
      More than 1,000 music...

    13. 1000 signatures reached!

      Marita Hefler
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for helping us get to 1000 signatures. Let's keep it going, and don't forget to use twitter and facebook to remind the bands it's not too late to say no to helping promote cigarettes to Indonesian youth!

    14. Reached 1,000 signatures
    15. Cigarettes sold like candy in Indonesia: Scenes from 'Vanguard'

      Marita Hefler
      Petition Organizer

      The recent Vanguard episode "Sex, Lies & Cigarettes" shows just how aggressively youth are targeted for cigarette marketing in Indonesia.

    16. 750 signatures reached!

      Marita Hefler
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for helping us get to 750 signatures - let's keep it going to 1000!

    17. Reached 750 signatures
    18. The Salt Lake Tribune picks up on the controversy!

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      "The tobacco issue is...thorny for Neon Trees, whose members also belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (you know, the Mormons), and have spoken out publicly about their refusal to support alcohol or tobacco advertising."

    19. Mother Jones Sheds Light On The Campaign

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      "Last time we checked, cigarettes don't fly in the house of Mormon, so what are Neon Trees doing there?" Mother Jones asks about the Neon Trees' scheduled appearance at Java Rockin' Land, quoting petition creator Marita Hefler.

    20. Why Are The Neon Trees, Good Charlotte, & Others Shilling For Big Tobacco?

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Anti-tobacco educator and advocate Marita Hefler just published a great blog post on Change.org about this campaign.

    21. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Zainab S. PASADENA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      You are making a statement to the world when you do this. Please make Americans proud!

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    • HARRY TZOUMAS TRINITY, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      SMOKING STINKS !

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    • Cameo Burns GREENWOOD, IN
      • about 3 years ago

      I guess this only goes to prove that they really DON'T CARE about the music! They're only in it for the $$money$$ they can suck outta ya! This is why I refuse to buy any music whatsoever! The radio, YouTube and music channels are good enough for me. Why should I put more money in their already WELL-LINED pockets? I work hard enough for my money! Don't you?

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    • Tina Garcia KAILUA, HI
      • about 3 years ago

      Jared Leto, You know better.

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    • Sadamm Smith KAZAN, ETHIOPIA
      • about 3 years ago

      May I just say that tobacco sales in Asian countries have grown drastically since 1997!?! Listen, I live to sing songs but alcoholism is not hot nor attractive. I wish you all a gentle good morrow. Love, Big Daddy Sadamm.

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