Thank You for Smoking: Summary Essay

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Summary of “Thank You for Smoking”

The movie “Thank You for Smoking” is primarily about the job and actions of the main character, Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart). Nick Nelson is a lobbyist, the vice president and spokesperson of The Academy of Tobacco Studies. His job is to acknowledge people of the research and findings about the effects of cigarettes. The company is financed mainly by tobacco companies and they claim to have found no defective linkage between smoking and major diseases. But what they actually do is that they speak on behalf of cigarettes, thus Nick’s job primarily focuses on promoting and encouraging cigarette usage. He tells people that everyone has their own freedom to choose whatever they wish to explore. If people
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This increases the overall consumption of smoking and eventually results in a greater harm to the society. Even though cigarettes now a day come up with a warning label, it is already too late, the poison has been placed beforehand.
From Kant’s point of view, it certainly does not seem as ethical. It ignores the basic human right and duty to protect others from danger and respecting their freedom. Advertising of cigarettes by means like in movies, smoked by renowned movie stars, will implant a false image on the mind of the public. It will imply to them as something cool and unknowingly move their mind in favor of smoking. Thus it ends up setting up something in their mind that they would not do generally if given the freedom, thus it violates Kant’s theory.
Finally, marketing such as this would also go against the ethics of advertising. It would be implanting something on the mind of the viewers, thus making a psychological impact on them harming the society. Thus overall, it is unethical.

5. The financer of the “Academy of Tobacco Studies” was “The Big Tobacco”. Do you think “The Big Tobacco” financed for the greater good of the society? Why or Why not?
A: Certainly not, that would mean trying to cut down their own business. What “The Big Tobacco” actually wanted was to get public acknowledgement. They wanted the public to feel safe, as they showed them that scientifically there is no harm in smoking. The Academy

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