Tobacco Industry Has Made Its Business by Term Paper

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tobacco industry has made its business by portraying smoking as hip, debonair, classy, and a symbol of stature in society. The way the tobacco companies went about doing this was by flooding the advertising markets with advertisements in both print and other media and recruiting public figures to promote their products. Over the years the tobacco industry has caused millions upon millions of addictions and deaths due to public opinion and use of their products. However, in recent years they have been getting a taste of their own medicine. Many people have now been steered away from smoking due to the blunt facts about smoking and its effects on everyone, even non-smokers. Due to this deluge of information, I feel very strongly that employers have every right to do anything they need to do to create and maintain a smoke-free workplace, even if this means banning cigarettes altogether and testing their workers for breaking the rules.

A study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has found that efforts that have been made in recent years have been highly successful in cutting down non-smokers' exposure to second hand smoke (cancer.org). In my opinion, any successful information or action that allows for a higher quality of life should be praised and continued with greater conviction. Not only is there legislation in place to support any policy that bans smoking in the workplace (unless negotiated in union arbitration), but an employee has every right to be protected in his or her workplace. Employers are held highly accountable for safety hazards such as unsafe equipment and proper maintenance of working grounds, so why shouldn't they be held accountable for something that slowly diseases, and possibly kills their employees?

A new buzzword has come into the public debate when arguing the effects of second hand smoke: "environmental tobacco smoke." "ETS" and its effects have always been measured and discussed in the medical field, but now appears more prominently in public debate. ETS is the cause of an estimated 3,000 cancer-related deaths in America each year and may be a factor in as many as 62,000 deaths from coronary heart disease each year (cancer.org). While these numbers may seem staggering, they are actually presented as positive figures based on the fact ETS-related effects have…

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ABCNEWS.com: Serious Health Effects of Passive Smoking. 5 July 2001. http://abcnews.go.com/onair/ABCNEWSSpecials/smoking_010705_passive.html.

ACS: Americans Subject to Less Second-hand Smoke. http://www.cancer.org/eprise/.../NWS_T_TX_Americans_Subject_to_Less_Second_hand_Smoke.

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