In response to this article, which talks about the World Health Organization’s leader saying how countries should become united, and not accept the government harassment that tobacco companies partake in.
We all know that tobacco products are killing products. Tobacco companies make millions of dollars selling consumers products that effectively will cause them harm, and potentially death. I think that the government already does Big Tobacco a huge favour by allowing the selling, and permitting the business of tobacco products in the first place. Now I understand that it is a double edged sword, and that government realize huge amounts of revenue from tobacco taxes; however, these taxes most definitely don’t override the health care costs of tobacco use, and emotional costs that friends and families of tobacco users go through when their loved ones become sick.
But at the end of the day, Big Tobacco is still a legal industry in Canada, and the world, so shouldn’t they have the right to maintain business, and lobby for the best conditions in order to make their company the most profitable it can be. But then again, governments have the obligation to protect their people. So where is the fine line between these two parties? I think that as long as governments allow the sale of tobacco products, tobacco companies should be given the right to fight for the best possible business conditions.
In order to eliminate pressures from tobacco companies placed on the government, tobacco products must be banned outright!
What do you think?