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[–] player1 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Don't consumers ultimately have to make their own choice? I can hardly believe that there are still people out there that don't know cigarettes are bad for your health. I feel like all this anti-smoking advertising is like throwing money into a pit and waiting for results. People will still smoke, so we should spend more time helping those that have realized they made a bad choice get away from their addiction.

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[–] TMarkos 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

People know smoking is bad only because people have been pushing back against big tobacco. In the example Oliver gave with Indonesian children smoking, do you really think they represent "informed consumers"?

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[–] Mars_Hopper [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yes, they do. The issue though is false advertising, or in many uneducated nations outright lack of knowledge. I have no problems with cigarette companies being a thing and being allowed to sell their product, but I do have an issue with them advertising falsely about their product or purposely keeping consumers in the dark about its risks. I do agree that helping those that want to quit would be a pretty good place to spend money rather than on litigation, but it may be cheaper in the long run if we spend more money keeping people from starting.

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[–] TMarkos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This is why pushing for transparency on things like the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is important. The TPP contains several provisions which support the ability of corporations to sue governments for legislation or restrictions detrimental to their business interests, even if those laws are in the public interest.

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[–] Mars_Hopper [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think it is odd how little attention international trade agreements get by the general populace compared to other things. I know of the TPP only because I have been reddit a lot. If I didn't visit that site I don't think I would know about it.

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[–] Mars_Hopper [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thanks for that link. I need to make some time to watch that movie. I have heard that it fantastic a bunch of times, but never sat down and watched it.

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[–] benoliver999 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

This man has balls.

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[–] Mars_Hopper [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think he means for creating an actual mascot and putting it up in places. The whole clip was about how sue happy the tobacco corporations are, and so he is taking a little bit of a risk in making up a mascot and saying it marblo's. Although, if you notice they took care to not put any cigarette branding on the mascot other than the classic colors of the cigarette itself, so they did try to protect themselves as much as possible.

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[–] benoliver999 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Nobody does it though. PMI's name barely ever gets dragged out into the limelight. Reports barely ever go beyond 'cigarettes are bad'.