3 Biggest Lies Tobacco Companies Want You to Believe
Tobacco use is one of the top causes of death in the world today. It is attributed to almost 5 million deaths worldwide every year. In the US alone, cigarette smoking causes over 400 thousand deaths annually or 1 out of 5 smokers die each year. But on the other hand, smoking remains among the most preventable causes of death. However, amidst the effort of the government and other private organizations to lessen the effect of smoking, it has maintained its influence over the millions of nicotine-dependent smokers, and even extended its grasps over the youth. Maybe this is the reason why tobacco companies spend millions of dollars in advertisements – to keep and encourage the public to smoke and make you believe the lies behind cigarette smoking.
Below are the 3 Biggest Lies Tobacco Companies Want You to Believe:
1. Smoking makes you cool and looks sexy.
Tobacco companies want you to believe that smoking makes you look cool and sexy. Well, you may not know it, but tobacco companies invest millions of dollars in their TV and radio commercials, print ads, and even in movies. They also see to it to pay famous names in Hollywood. But in contrary, other than the damages it causes your lungs and other health issues, smoking also damages how you look. You get more wrinkles than non-smokers of your age; it gives you dull skin, gray hairs and bad breath. And these are not cool or sexy especially if you’re already suffering from a severe health condition because of smoking.
2. Cigarettes are not “spiked” with nicotine.
Tobacco companies are very discreet about the nicotine content of their cigarettes. If alcohol companies are required, under the law, to place the alcohol content of their products, tobacco companies are not required under the law to reveal the nicotine content of their products. Research reveals that cigarettes contain more nicotine than what they tell the public. Smokers may not be able to know the level of nicotine in every cigarette they smoke until the day they decide to quit. Most smokers are at shock to know how much nicotine level they need to overcome their daily nicotine cravings. This may explain why more and more people become nicotine dependent each year, and why it is very difficult to give up smoking.
3. Tobacco companies discourage the youth to smoke.
If not because of the law or local legislations, tobacco companies will not have the initiative to include in their packaging the warnings of the negative effect of smoking and prohibits the selling of cigarettes to minor. They are very much aware of the profit they can gain if they get a share of the young population. With the growing number of youth addicted to smoking (which of course a sure long term market for cigarettes and bigger profits), tobacco companies will not make sincere efforts to discourage the youth from smoking. They would even persuade the young minds into smoking though their marketing strategies. They will even make lies to package and sell smoking to the youth.