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The Tobacco Industry: Profiting From Death

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            The tobacco industry in America is one that every person is affected by. In the past year over 3,000 people died from second-hand smoke related deaths (Above the Influence.com).  Even non-smokers are heavily affected by this moneymaking industry. The real question though, is how is a product that kills justified in the market? This product is not only addictive, but also highly threatening to the lives of its users. The majority of users do not realize it, but in reality they are paying for their own funeral. Tobacco and cigarette companies continue to feed lies to the public through their marketing strategies and product makeup. Hidden documents containing information on the toxicity and pharmacological properties of nicotine were put into protected categories and even shipped to non-U.S. companies to avoid discovery during court cases. Many of these documents were also destroyed (Bero). The tobacco industry has something to hide, and that is the truth. This is the truth that people all over the world deserve and need to know. The tobacco industry targets adolescents from as young as the age of 13 years old, and it is infecting younger generations more than any other age group.
From a very young age, we are taught that cigarettes and tobacco are considered ‘bad’. We learn this from our parents, schoolteachers, and even police guest speakers through educational programs such as D.A.R.E. The message that smoking kills, and staying away from tobacco products is the...


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