BC: By: Anna Chandler
FC: Power and Wealth in the Tobacco Industry
1: In 1950, 1,686,000,000,000 cigarettes were produced. | Cigarette consumption has decreased from 485,000,000,000 in 1993 to 389,000,000,000 in 2005. | In 2004, 5,520,000,000,000 cigarettes were produced.
2: Tobacco industries use false advertising to sell their products. | They pay millions to produce ads for their brand of cigarettes.
3: They show celebrities smoking in ads, and in movies, making people believe it's harmless. | Tobacco industries avoid showing people how dangerours cigarettes are.
4: Smokers lungs turn black and deteriorate from tar buildup, which is one of the many chemicals found in cigarettes. | 5 million people die yearly from lung cancer and other tobacco related diseases. US tobacco companies have yet to put serious warning labels on their cigarettes.
5: Big tobacco producers in the US often put the labels on the side and do not include pictures or facts to prove how serious they are. They want to show as little as they can so that people still buy their products.
6: US Tobacco companies don't properly inform people about what is in cigarettes. There are almost 4000 chemicals and at least 43 cancer causing carginogens. Thanks to a new generation of people, and the media, people are starting to become better informed.
7: However, Tobacco industries in other places such as Canada have to put much more in depth labels on packages. | They have a choice of 16 different health graphic labels, have to include a toxic immisions statement, and a health imformation message.
8: The average cost of pack of cigarettes is $4.00. Imagine a smoker burning a pack per day, $4.00 per day. Annually the money spent on smoking would be around $1500.
9: People forget how important money can be and waste it on tobacco products. | People spend money on cigarettes constanly because they become addicted to the nicotine in them.
10: In 1996, the profit to tobacco manufacturers per cigarette pack was $0.30. With about 24.2 billion packs of cigarettes sold that year, the total operating profits of 7 domestic tobacco-producing subsidiaries of U.S. manufacturers was about $7.2 billion. There has since been a 3% inflation yearly on the price of cigarettes.
11: Not only is tobacco harful to people. Tobacco production damages the environment. The land that has been destroyed or degraded to grow tobacco has affects on nearby farms. As forests, for example, are cleared to make way for tobacco plantations, then the soil protection it provides is lost and is more likely to be washed away in heavy rains. This can lead to soil degradation and failing yields. Tobacco uses up more water, and has more pesticides applied to it, further affecting water supplies.
12: Studies have shown that tobacco can be harder to quit than heroin or cocaine. It kills millions of people every year. It is harmful to humans and the environment. It is being falsely advertised and has 2000 toxic chemicals. It costs more money than it's worth. So here's the big question: Is the power that the tobacco industry has, worth all of that?