In July, I wrote about the way tobacco companies are shifting their businesses away from certain regions to others. What I failed to point out then was the inherent racism of such “marketing”, and of governments who let them do it.
Of the five largest tobacco companies in the world (there used to be six before 2017), they are US owned, British owned, UK-US, from Japan and China. Together, they sell and estimated 94.5% of all tobacco products sold.
Due to rising rate of cancers and public ire, tobacco laws have regulated, controlled and limited the advertising, sales and use of tobacco in wealthier countries. Even those which have long been filth-pits of cigarette smoke (e.g. Czech Republic, China, Russia, Philippines, France, Italy, South American countries) have enacted strong legislation to curtail smoking and limit who can. Combined with falling numbers of smokers in G7 and G20 countries, tobacco companies have been desperate to find new suckers (pun definitely intended) to buy their filth. Even the Chinese and Japanese governments have begun an anti-smoking campaigns and legislation. [Read more…]