Addictive, Harmful Tobacco Products

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The decision to ban addictive, harmful tobacco products should not be plagued with failed results of past prohibition, fear of job loss or concerns of financial gain. Perpetuating sales of a toxic product such as cigarettes does not serve the greater good of the public and puts monetary gain ahead of national health. Deceptive arguments put forth by profiteers is becoming more apparent and is losing momentum in the justification of the distribution of tobacco products.
The influence of large cooperation is warping the view of the public for self-serving benefits of money and power. Creating toxic clouds of misperception that loom over the head of the consumer, tobacco companies and federal government convincingly state their agenda as profitable
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Concerns that sales will merely shift into black market or underground exchange is a common falsity generated when considering prohibition, due to past events. Enforcing a ban on cigarettes raises concerns that history would show a reoccurrence of such results. However, smokers and non-smokers alike share a desire to obtain a tobacco free environment. Unlike alcohol, the promotion of a tobacco free America is a welcome trait and has solid support from the public. Most smokers would not toy with acquiring cigarettes illegally but, would opt to quit and reap the benefits of a healthier life style and would relish setting a better example for future generations. Also, with the illegalization of tobacco, smoking triggers such as peer pressure would reduce temptation, social smoking would lessen significantly as the accessibility would be restricted and public view would deem tobacco as the severe danger it truly …show more content…
Tobacco corporations justify sales of their harmful products with an all-purpose surgeon general’s warning and thwart responsibility with their, ‘use at your own risk’ attitude. Tobacco companies skillfully bank on deadly addiction and are inappropriately categorized by the FDA. Harold Cordry conveys evidence that, “The risk of becoming addicted to nicotine, according to the American Cancer Society, is between one in three and one in two, while the risk of becoming addicted to crack cocaine use intravenously is one in four” (Cordry 35). Such overwhelming evidence is not enigmatic to tobacco companies, in fact, it is morbidly cherished by them as their financial stream flourishes. Price hikes on tobacco products have mislead the public into thinking our government and the tobacco industries are attempting to be proactive by making tobacco products less affordable. However, “Louis C. Camilleri, the chairman of Phillip Morris International, noted that profits rose from a range of price increases, even as sales of cigarette units were virtually flat” (Duff B5), thus proving that price increases only punish the addict and reward death factories such as, Phillip

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