On NewsConferenceLA this morning, one of the discussions related to tobacco companies and their lobbying Congress and legislators via contributions to political campaigns thereby, influencing elections and legislation.
Tobacco and smoking have been taken to excess in relation to their original purposes. They’ve become an semi-acceptable vice. In protest to the negative effects of tobacco products, CVS no longer sells cigarettes. I haven’t researched this move to ascertain whether CVS has stopped selling all tobacco products nor what the PR basis for this move is.
These matters make me remember a long-held consideration about the issue of tobacco. What are some beneficial alternative uses of the product? Would it take a lot of effort to implement those efforts?
The Indigenes did not add nicotine to the plant. It was smoked for religious and political rites (the solidification of treaties), to cement agreements as a sign of unified effort. (Think peace pipe, But the dangerous additives were not part of the cultivation of the product. It was not addictive. It was the 20th Century commercialization of the product that brought about adding chemicals that would cause craving for more.
So maybe tobacco companies can lose the tarnished reputations their signature products and their brand now own if they stop adding the chemicals to the products. (Just a thought.)