Essay about Tobacco Research

3783 Words Sep 26th, 2012 16 Pages
The Suing of Tobacco Companies
Try to imagine six million people. Six million people are equivalent to the number of Jewish people who died in the holocaust. Six million people are equivalent to five times the number of Americans who have died in all the wars combined. As a society this number is viewed as outrageous and unacceptable, yet every single year six million people die from tobacco related illnesses and for some reason this number is not seen as ridiculous when these deaths are attributed to tobacco related illnesses as when they are due to war and genocide. How can any substance that produces such mass death ever be distributed and produced legally? Well, many have begun to think the same way and have embarked on the long
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Tobacco companies argue that they should be exempt from any of the resultant health complications from their products. Tobacco companies argue that it was a personal choice for the user to consume their harmful substance and did not force the person to use tobacco. The companies also argue that they disclose that their substance is harmful as well as addictive and people still continue to use. Tobacco companies also claim that they reserve the right to market their product how the wish and that any regulations saying otherwise is an infringement on their first amendment rights, freedom of speech.
Tobacco was first cultivated in the America’s as early as 6000 B.C. (Randall 2). Tobacco initially became popular when Christopher Columbus received dried tobacco leaves as a gift from the Native Americans he had met on October 15th 1492. He brought this plant back to Europe and it soon became a huge hit. One of its main selling points was its supposed healing properties; doctors wrote books about the many ailments tobacco could cure (2). But not long after tobacco became popular some people began to realize certain oddities about it. In 1610, Sir Francis Bacon noted that, “trying to quit the bad habit was really hard!” The first law suits against tobacco companies began around the 1950’s and were mainly based on compensation for the pain and suffrage caused from the tobacco related illnesses (Randall 5). There had

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