Cigarettes are very harmful for health and have serious implications. Asthma, cancer etc are believed to be the consequences of smoking. Dangers of smoking can’t be ignored. We are all aware of it. In August of 2006, a federal judge ruled that the tobacco industry had actually engaged in racketeering practices, stating that the industry had engaged in a decades-long conspiracy to hide the dangers of smoking from their users. Tobacco companies were actually ordered to take out newspaper ads detailing smoking’s health effects.
The judge stated that the conspiracy dated back to 1953, when a group of tobacco companies met together at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and devised a public relations plan to counter health concerns associated with smoking. The judge also ruled that even after the 1964 Surgeon General’s report linked smoking to lung cancer, tobacco companies continued to deny and purposely distort many serious dangers of smoking their products.
The advertisements have been so misleading. It shows that how a fashionable and trendy young guy handles the cigarette and looks cool. These ads have brainwashed the minds of young people. However the real dangers of smoking were hidden. The industry was also faulted for denying publicly that second-hand smoke is dangerous, the judge citing internal acknowledgement that this was the case.
In 1999, the Clinton administration accused the tobacco industry of racketeering as part of a coordinated plan to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking, and to cover up the knowledge they had to the contrary.
Under the ruling, the tobacco companies were also ordered to stop using such descriptions as “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light,” “mild,” or “natural,” or any other descriptions that might seem as if these cigarettes posed less of a health. Cigarette smoking itself is a very dangerous for health activity and thus there is nothing like less danger or more. Danger is danger to the extent of deadly diseases and even death.
This gave a passage to the anti-smoking campaigns. While this ruling was a victory for many anti-smoking and anti-tobacco campaigns, many commented on how long it took for the government to respond to tobacco’s use and on how long the actual case itself took as well.
Others felt that perhaps the court was not punitive enough with the industry. “We are pleased with the court’s finding of liability on the part of the defendants, but disappointed that the court did not impose all of the remedies sought by the government,” the Justice Department said in a written statement. “Nevertheless, we are hopeful that the remedies that were imposed by the court can have a significant, positive impact on the health of the American public.” All in all, it seemed to many to be a hollow victory, but still did some good in highlighting the real dangers of smoking that even the tobacco industry itself could not – or was no longer allowed to – deny.
Dangers of smoking are heart threatening. Since earlier years the dangers of smoking have been hidden and the promotions have been targeted towards young people. The health injuries caused by cigarettes are worst and this must be kept in mind.