The Tobacco Industry

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To accurately analyze the tobacco industry, we chose to view the industry through both deontological and teleological lenses.
The tobacco industry knowingly provides a product that is both addictive and detrimental to the health of their customer. Extensive studies have conclusively confirmed the significant negative health and economic impacts of this product. From a deontological perspective, the tobacco industry has a clear duty to educate their customers, and the public, of the dangers of being exposed to their product. Despite this duty, the industry has illustrated unethical behavior in the past. Over the last several decades, numerous studies have confirmed various health impacts on the users and bystanders. Even today the same unethical behavior continues. As regulations are imposed in developed nations the tobacco industry targets the poor in developing nations, where regulations may be lacking, and the target market may not fully understand the consequences of smoking.
Divine Command Theory
Most religions advocate charity and support of the poor.
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One of many responsibilities of a corporation is to maximize shareholder value, the tobacco industry has shown that they are willing and able to act in their own self-interest. In the United States; there is a market for tobacco use, a large agriculture business dedicated to growing tobacco, and a capitalist free market society that allows for many different kinds of businesses. Corporations work within the bounds of the society in which they operate. As far as the tobacco industry is concerned they keep tobacco farms busy contributing the local economies that depend on that work as well as providing a product that despite its health dangers is still highly sought after increasing their value to
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