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Lecture 1/21/09 Smoking and the Tobacco Industry Before and during the early 1960s, people who smoked did so because they were stressed or thought it was “cool” But critics said that tobacco industry had fooled the public into believing smoking was harmless Smoking became a social problem in 1960s when the medical profession became concerns about rising rates of illness in smokers According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/ health_effects/index.htm Health problems caused by smoking: Cancer Heart Disease and Stroke Respiratory Health Secondhand Smoke Smoking During Pregnancy Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 438,000 deaths, or about 1 of every 5 deaths, each year. This estimate includes approximately 38,000 deaths from secondhand smoke exposure.
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Unformatted text preview: e • The Tobacco industry was forced to: − admits that tobacco is addictive − But claimed they were not responsible for health problems from smoking − They claimed that smokers were responsible for their own smoking problems, − “smoker can quit if want to” − − Critics claimed that their main goal was to maintain the billion dollar industry in any way they can The Insider is a 1999 film that tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand . The 60 Minutes story originally aired in November 1995 in an altered form because CBS ' then-owner, Laurence Tisch , objected. The story was later aired on February 4 , 1996 . 1...
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