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British American Tobacco

In my book Smoking is a Psychological Problem I describe (Ch. 25) a visit I made to the headquarters of British American Tobacco (BAT) in Southampton in southern England in 2015.

BAT has a 10 per cent share of the UK cigarette market and is therefore responsible for about 10,000 deaths a year in Britain. Does this worry them? Of course it does, their spokesman says, but they attempt to justify it by claiming they’re trying to develop safer alternative tobacco products to ordinary cancer sticks. So that’s all right then!

BAT’s hypocrisy will make you feel sick. Two posts give further examples: in one they attempt to use the tragedy of the Japanese 2011 earthquake and tsunami to promote themselves; in another we consider their duplicitous website and the obscene salary of their CEO, Mr Nic-‘otine’-andro Durante, who is so proud of selling death for a living.

How about BAT doing the decent thing (don’t laugh) and STOP MAKING CIGARETTES?

How To Be Popular With Nicotine

I quote from British American Tobacco’s International Marketing Principles, 2015: We will not portray smoking as an activity that makes people appear more popular, appealing or successful. But they seem to have no qualms about portraying the use of their new product with the almost unpronounceable name of ‘glo’ as an activity that makes people […]

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More BAT Duplicity

Fumatul ucide is Spanish for smoking kills In my tireless efforts to bring you the low-down on the tricks of the tobacco trade let me tell you about this little gem I came across recently from British American Tobacco (BAT): Under the page header the eye is drawn to the large print: ‘Our Guiding […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Big Tobacco

How can Nic-‘otine’-andro Durante face himself in the mirror each morning? Let me put it another way. What are 10,000 deaths a year in the UK worth? To work this out we need to remember that one of the warning labels appearing on cigarette packs amusingly states ‘Smoking kills’. More precisely, smoking kills about 100,000 […]

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