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Corporations or Consumers Who is Responsible The lives and daily routines of many Americans are affected by corporate activities Corporations provide the basic necessities like food and water as well as luxuries and pleasures of everyday living These corporations generate wealth for the economy and their shareholders and provide employment for much of the population One of these powerful corporations is Philip Morris who manufactures and distributes tobacco products such as Marlboro Morris 1 This tobacco manufacturer not only generates wealth but also generates health hazardous risks for the consumer Despite increasing warnings about the health hazards of smoking and widespread bans on smoking in public places Americans disregard these warnings and still continue to smoke Smoking 4 Later then finding themselves dealing with the consequences of their poorly made decisions Therefore a corporation should not be held responsible for providing a product It is the users who should be held accountable for their choices The American people have the right to choose whether to smoke or not to smoke There is a lot of information of cancer risks from using tobacco available to Americans particularly in the media The American Cancer Society estimates that cigarettes are responsible for more than 400000 deaths in the United States each year Smoking 2 American consumers have been informed that tobacco contains nicotine an addictive drug They also know that by smoking tobacco it causes lung cancer emphysema and other respiratory diseases It also contributes to heart disease and low birth weight of newborns Chewing tobacco and inhaling snuff causes cancer of the mouth nose and throat Tobacco 8 Regardless of these astonishing facts forty-seven million people still continue to use tobacco products Smoking 1 Therefore corporations should not be blamed for consumers poor decision-making Indeed tobacco corporations are aware of the health risks tobacco can have on the human body But can consumers blame these producers for their health defects when they are fully aware of
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