Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Whose Best Interest?
Have you seen the recent Philip Morris commercials that acknowledge smoking as a health risk? The one I just saw tonight said, “To reduce the health effects of smoking, the best thing to do is quit.” Yet, at the same time, their web site also says, “Our core business is manufacturing and marketing the best quality tobacco products to adults who use them.”
I’d love to see a new Truth commercial that mocks Philip Morris’ B.S. of a commercial. Perhaps something that says, “To reduce the health effects of smoking, the best thing to do is for us to completely close shop and quit telling gullible consumers that they should quit smoking, but hey, buy our products anyway because we think they’re better than anyone else’s!”
And while I’m on the subject, if my new apartment neighbor doesn’t quit leaving his damn cigarette butts all over the outdoor breezeway area (completely against apartment rules, by the way), I’m liable to go find a bag full of them and dump them against his front door.
(I bounced this entry off of Chris before posting it, to which he replied, “The last time I looked, tobacco hadn’t been outlawed, and this is a free market economic system we have going.” Permit me to clarify. I’m not saying people shouldn’t have the choice to fill their body with carcinogens, and perhaps it’s best to let Philip Morris mire in their self-created double standard, letting people like me jab insults at the notion. But seriously, telling people “you should quit” and simultaneously telling them “but if you don’t quit, you should buy our cigarettes” just makes no sense. Well, if you disagree with me, I’ve got some widgets I just know you’d want to buy. Of course, they’ll spin out razors and probably kill you if you turn them on, but they’re the best damned widgets money can buy!)
» Posted by ALBj at 12:22 AM (ET)
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