Research Paper: Tobacco Industry

3081 Words Sep 14th, 2013 13 Pages
Kathy Dixon
December 9, 2012
MGT 430: Business, Government, and Society
Research Paper: Tobacco Industry

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Table of Contents Introduction 2 History 3 Corporate Stakeholders 4 Role of the tobacco industry in its social, economic, and political setting 7 Domestic and International Ethics 9 Ecological and Natural Resources 10 Social Issues 11 Rating of Social Responsiveness 11 Rating in relation to the Saint Leo Core Values 12

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The use of tobacco is a very controversial topic here in the United States. The harmful side effects of tobacco are well known and consequently, many believe that it should be outlawed. Though this has not yet occurred, constant regulations on the industry and
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Cigarettes are known to cause birth defects, cancers, respiratory problems, and other
Dixon 5 illnesses. The harmful effects even extend to those who do not smoke but are victims of secondhand smoke. Therefore, the government has created a number of laws including the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965 and the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act of 1969. "These laws required a health warning on cigarette packages, banned cigarette advertising in the broadcasting media, [and] called for an annual report on the health consequences of smoking" (CDC, 2012). The response of the tobacco industry to these issues was exactly what was requested of them. All tobacco products from that point on consisted of a Surgeon General's warning on the packaging. In addition, there were no longer any television or radio ads for tobacco products and annual reports on the health consequences of smoking. Although ads are no longer seen on TV or radio, they are still present in magazines and direct mailings. Another example would be the spreading of knowledge that smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer. The community was nearly outraged. Customers were fearful, sales were down, warning ads were everywhere, and shareholders were upset. The tobacco industry had to respond to this new information and wave of fear. One of the results was the creation of the filtered cigarette. Once the truth that filters offered no real protection, then

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