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The Deception of the Tobacco Industry The individual act of cigarette smoking offers no benefits to a person in any way Its effects on health have been proven to cause any one of a variety of fatal diseases including lung cancer and heart diseases Despite this reality about 46 million adult men and women in the United States smoke cigarettes regularly Through subliminal advertisements and propaganda irrational desires are cleverly instilled in the minds of millions by callous cigarette companies the targeted minds are mostly those of children These selfish companies are clearly unconcerned about the well-being of humanity and are more concerned about their profits than their clients health Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that their products kill 420000 American smokers and 53000 non-smokers each year the tobacco industry continues to sell its life-threatening products unhindered by any significant government regulation Glantz xvii This is achieved by the industry through strategically planned legal political and public relations tactics which are contrived in order to mislead the public and take the responsibility for causing death and disease away from the companies Along with help from the government the tobacco industry relies on the following in order to preserve its success 1 the feigned controversy created by the industry on the effects of smoking 2 the addictive properties of tobacco and 3 marketing their product by associating it with misleading images Responses to the Health Effects of Cigarettes Americans have been smoking tobacco since before Columbus set sail in 1492 The habit has been practiced in areas of civilization for 500 years Kluger xviii Tobacco is a part of American history it was grown by George Washington and engraved on the pillars inside the Capitol building by Thomas Jefferson Taylor 7 Cigarettes became
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