Smoke and Mirrors

The Tobacconists Dirty Secrets

Last week we uploaded a documentary discussing the negative health effects of tobacco. As a society we are all aware the smoking tobacco can lead to lung cancer and other deadly health conditions. This week we will be focusing on how tobacco companies attempt to stamp out the bad press there products receive for the medical industry both in the UK and the US. Often Tobacco companies employ third party PR (Public Relations) companies enhance the pubic image of the there products. This is nothing unusual, many companies from a variety of industry's use PR companies to improve public image, but according to a source found in the Independent Newspaper, PR companies working on behalf of the tobacconists have been told to deny any link with the tobacco companies. "The public relations company Bell Pottinger and the London law firm Clifford Chance have both requested information from public organisations without making it clear they are working on behalf of tobacco firms. The Irish PR company Hume Brophy has also carried out a lobbying campaign against the Government's ban on cigarette displays in shops on behalf of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents without stating that the campaign was being funded by the tobacco industry". Independent Newspaper UK 2010 As the Video below shows this corruption and dirty business activities are not just exclusive to the UK. In the United States there has been strong competition again the the continuing payment of agricultural subsidies from The US government to the tobacco companies. "An agricultural subsidy is a governmental subsidy paid to farmers and agribusinesses to supplement their income", This includes growers of tobacco. Wikipedia 2012 The argument is that not only do the tobacco companies already make enough money, but the government should not subsidize the growth of a product that is harmful to its society. AS clearly shown in the video the Tobacco companies combated the governmental opposition in the only way they know how. BRIBES!!!!!!!!!