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and other constituents. One supplier, the Contraf Group, was bold enough to describe its product as Pure nicotine and other special additives. (1.151) Despite their broad knowledge of nicotine addiction, the companies still urged people to believe that it wasn t addictive and consequently created a large population of unhealthy slaves to fill their wallets. By suppressing vital research the industry has betrayed the safety of mankind. The earliest substantial health risk discovered by the industry was in 1956 and cancer in 1961, decades before most scientists ever did. (4) In the Cipollone case, the president of Ligett and Myers explained that his twenty million-dollar research was only for the purpose of saving rats from tobacco caused tumors and that it had nothing to do with

humans. In attempts to deny knowledge of cigarettes causing cancer in humans, Kinsley VanDey was very inconsistent in his testimony, which probably led to a guilty verdict in regards to his willful blindness at least. The word insubstantial was very helpful to the industry; by hiring reputable scientists to create inconclusive research health risks were eased in the public since they thought that science wasn t even capable of determining any side effects. The public relations firm that directed the research for Imperial tobacco was called Burston and Marstellar a very corrupt and crooked public relations firm. Their credibility to the industry was shown in their involvement in worldwide scandals such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Dow Corning breast implant problems and various

other crimes that needed to be kept secret. To acquire lawful secrecy the projects were directed by lawyers. Almost all of the experiments would be under the supervision of these lawyers because there is a law that provides privacy between lawyers and their clients. The people opposing the companies with lawsuits did not hear much of the research that companies did, and without this information their defense was not nearly as effective. By suppressing research the industry has willfully hurt many peoples lives. Tobacco has been a growing parasite to our society but luckily our growing knowledge of their scandals prepares us with skepticism toward their never-ending trickery. Their reign of control over people s habits would be hard to destroy but their manipulation is over and

their punishment has only begun. Cigarettes are a very ironic product; the image of sophistication and success that they sell, along with the nicotine, is actually what they take and achieve through money. The law is not perfect since these corporations have escaped guilt for so long and still make money, but throughout the past two decades, the realization of folly has called for a step in a new direction. For our society to finally rid ourselves of this parasite the change would have to be very slow; it would have to start with putting the entire industry in the hands of the government. In this way the corporation owners would truly be penalized while the product would be safer and the country would benefit from the profits. Marketing to children, testing underage smokers,

using money to avoid the law, manipulating nicotine and suppressing research are among many of the immoral practices of the industry. Although they are very numerous and diverse they all share the same motive: to get rich. Money has become more important than compassion in the minds of the industry s players. The success of the industry is merely a reflection of its immoral practices. Bibliography: 1.) Smoke and Mirrors: The Canadian Tobacco War 1996 Rob Cunningham 2.) A)/mangina/report/exhibits.html B)/bw.html 3.) 4.) Smoking, The Artificial Passion; 1989 David Krogh 5.)