Corporate Marketing Always Hides True Costs to the Public

Corporate Marketing Always Hides True Costs to the Public

note taken by Marshall Mayer on July 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM at the National Folk Festival, Butte, MT USA

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Marshall Mayer
Marshall Mayer says:
Aug 23, 2022 10:11 AM

At an outdoor music festival, at which smoking is allowed, you are invited to smoke in a tent—for adults only. Of course, no photos or videos are allowed once inside. But that's OK since your only health risk from using their product—as an adult—is gum disease or tooth loss.

The Surgeon General of the United States has had a different opinion since at least 1964, not to mention the secondhand smoke effects on children. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Cigarette smoking is still responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.

For our public health, these companies and their products should be outlawed. (For the record, I'm a former pack-a-day smoker, son of parents and siblings that smoked, who quit cold turkey in 1986.)

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