The Ethics of Tobacco Advertisement

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Katie Simer
Professor M. Harutunian
English 101 21 September 2011
The Ethics of Tobacco Advertising Can one limit what is advertised? Who is to say whether cigarette advertising is ethical? There have been many bans on tobacco advertising. There is a notion that advertising cigarettes is unethical because society has claimed it to be. Smoking has been one of the biggest parts of advertising for decades. Doctors would promote certain cigarettes. Many believed cigarette smoking to be a way to relieve the stress of a long and stressful day at work. Today, many people view smoking as a form of suicide. It is a well-known fact that many people die from diseases that are caused by smoking. It is unethical to advertise tobacco use because
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Why would a young person not want to start smoking? According to advertising, it is supposed to give them everything they want. Most smokers started their cigarette addictions when they were only minors. Tobacco companies are fully aware of this and rely on it for better sales. “To maintain sales, the tobacco industry must recruit more than 2 million people every year to replace those who die and those who quit smoking. Since 90% of beginning smokers are children or teenagers, this means that the industry must entice at least 5000 youngsters daily to take up smoking” (Andre and Velasquez 7). This means that advertising smoking towards minors is crucial to keeping these companies in business. They could not survive without underage smokers. Luring children to smoke is beyond unethical. No company should be allowed to entice kids into an addictive habit that kills every day. There is no such thing as honest advertising. Advertisers are constantly bending the truth. Manipulation is second nature to anyone who works in that field. If advertisers are willing to lie about everyday products that do not cause any harm at all, then they will also have no problem with lying about cigarettes. “While they have not outwardly lied in every instance, the industry has time and time again construed truths into self-fulfilling ends. In an attempt to
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