posted on Oct, 15 2003 @ 11:29 PM
The industry itself is a fascinating business study.
First a couple clarifications. Non filtered cigarettes are shorter than filtered ones, by about a filter length, so that is not a conspiracy.
Nicotine does not add flavor, it is flavorless, colorless, highly addictive, and an additive to continue people smoking (it is also highly poisonous,
one drop injected into the bloodstream can kill)
The tobacco industry boils down to one thing. Personal Choice. I know they are bad for me (good for my state, NC's, economy though). But I also
know that Big Macs, Bourbon (in the quantities which I imbibe it) and promiscuous sex (remember college?) are also very dangerous. As a member of a
'free' society, I am, and should be able to partake in the vice of choice. The second hand smoke argument does not hold up. Nothing beyond
aggravated asthma or some bronchitis in childer has ever popped up. While those are bad, cigareete smoking by people in area such as their homes(with
no children around) BARS, and thier cars is FINE. Let them do as they wish.
The tobacco industry is the only industry that has to advertise AGAINST itself. It is rediculous. The laws passed to outlaw somking in bars in LA
and NY are ostensibly to protect the workers, but a dispropotionate percentage of restaurant and bar workers smoke. Many of my fellow bar workers are
annoyed far more by patrons that come into a BAR and complain about smoke. Heres an idea...keep your kids out of bars. And if you don't like to
smoke, go to your nearest family friendly, non-smoking section and have a few drinks and an appetizer.
If you enjoy smoking, are educated as to its health effects, and still want to enjoy a nice smoke with a delicious beverage, there is not a thing in
the world wrong with that. Your choice. But to force the Tobbacco industry to advertise against itself is ludacris.
If you ask me, the alcohol lobby is far stronger. Since prohibition, there is no movement to outlaw a substance that breaks far more families, casues
far more problems, and hurts more people than alcohol. I say this as an alcohol enthusiast.
My point is, leave them be. THey are making a commodity. In this time, no one is not aware of the problems of smoking, so if they want to let them.
Its their choice. And if their are companies out there that want to produce a product that people enjoy and will continue to buy, let them.
RJ Reynold sold Nabisco after the leveraged buyout in the mid 80's. Philip Morris (now Altria) bought them. RJR sold becasue their cigarette
business made them more money. Thats fine. We are a Capitalist society. If a company wants to make money off of peoples choices, its their
perogative to do so.