Government Regulation of Tobacco Products Essay

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Government Regulation of Tobacco Products
BUS 250 Corporate & Social Responsibilit
March 7, 2010

Government Regulation of Tobacco Products Government regulation of tobacco has come under some fierce opposition. Naturally the big tobacco companies do not want any type of regulation and yet one company was a quiet supporter. This company, the Altria Group which is a parent company of Philip Morris, believed the bill would pass so they wanted to make sure they had a say when the bill would be discussed. They believed they could handle regulation they just did not want to see tobacco outlawed for good. While Altria is trying to understand and even supporting the bill, Reynolds America, the parent company of R.J.
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It causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia” (Anonymous, nd, para. 6). Several hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent every year on the treatment of cancer due to smoking. The biggest incentive is that people would live longer more productive cancer free lives. Children could be children and not smoking at a young age and harming their bodies with cigarettes. With government control over the tobacco industry the United States could see a dramatic decline in cancer and deaths due to cigarette smoking. “Health advocates predicted that the new FDA standards could eventually reduce some of the 60 cancer-causing carcinogens and 4,000 harmful toxins in cigarette smoke or make cigarettes taste so bad they deterred users” (Lawrence & Weber, 2011, p. 192). By allowing the FDA to regulate the chemicals in cigarettes and outlaw a majority of flavorings it would help in reducing the number of children that would be enticed to try cigarettes. This in turn would save money on health care and many people would live longer more productive cancer free lives.

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