HOW BIG TOBACCO LIED TO TEENAGERS
Honesty is the best policy, as many people repeatedly say. Maintaining pure, sacred relationships with the public should be the ultimate goal of every big-name company. A product should be designed to sustain or support a health, happiness, and solace and should provide an honest layout of ingredients and materials. Now, imagine for a moment if you used a product and, sometime later, found out this product could not only harm you but potentially kill you. Let’s take a closer look at the dilemma teens faced and see how it can impact you and your loved ones, especially if one of you is a smoker.
The Problem with “Big Tobacco”
“Big Tobacco” refers to the multitude of corporate giants that manufacture and distribute cigarettes to the public. As emphasized in a report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the problem with this group has stretched as far back as the 1990s, when the U.S government took tobacco companies to court over misleading marketing campaigns. The underlying problem was not the message that smoking was safe (which, of course, is not). The main issue was the message that cigarettes were completely safe for young adults ages 21 and younger.
If the marketing was successful, that would indicate an entire generation could potentially become addicted to tobacco products. Even more troubling, government officials proposed that Big Tobacco was purposefully taking advantage of young people as their older customers died out (presumably from illnesses caused by smoking).
What This Means Today
Following the hearing, a judge ordered the companies to distribute advertisements that contradicted their original messages. Sometime in 2017, Big Tobacco released the ads, stating that cigarettes are potentially hazardous to your health and should not be smoked by young adults and teens. One problem remained: the ads were released on prime-time TV networks and newspapers. Teenagers and young adults do not typically engage in these mediums.
Consider this fact. If Big Tobacco hid the truth about their products, cigarettes could potentially more toxic than you originally thought. While teens may not smoke as many tobacco products as before, the dangers are still very real.
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