Tobacco Wars

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Published on 4th May 2017 by

Tobacco Wars is a three part 1999 documentary series by the BBC and TLC which provides a comprehensive history of tobacco consumption, the three one hour episodes are organised chronologically starting with the advent of the cigarette and through its rise to become one of the most profitable consumer products the world has ever seen.

It makes use of insider accounts to present some sometimes shocking facts about the industry and some of the marketing tactics used to ensure that we all get hooked and stay hooked, one of the issues it explores is the way that the tobacco corporations worked to surpress and conceal information which confirmed the link between smoking and some serious health problems. The industry is still involved in some deeply unethical practices, when you’ve finished watching this series check out the 2015 Panorama episode The Secret Bribes of Big Tobacco.

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