August 26 2013
Historically, the tobacco industry has operated without much meaningful opposition. It developed myriad tobacco products and brands that appealed to every conceivable segment of society, marketed those products aggressively, kept its product ingredients secret, and manipulated those ingredients — seemingly to ensure rapid addiction.
Thanks to these business practices, the industry's profits soared to unprecedented heights.
Meanwhile, tens of millions of Americans have died of smoking-related disease. Nearly half a million adults will die of smoking-related disease in 2013. Plus, the industry has a sizeable consumer base among young people: nearly 1.5 million children will smoke their first cigarette in 2013, and almost 400,000 of them will become dependent smokers.