Bannatyne Takes on Big Tobacco

Published on 11th March 2016 by

British entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne travels to Africa to explore an epidemic of children smoking for this one hour long 2008 BBC Two documentary. He reports on the situation in Malawi, Nigeria and Mauritius where smoking related deaths have doubled in a short space of time, and meets with children as young as 11 who are smoking up to 10 cigarettes per day.

Bannatyne uncovers a practice of single cigarettes being sold in local shops, aimed at being affordable for children to purchase, and returns to London to confront representatives of British American Tobacco – a corporation which owns popular brands including Pall Mall, Benson & Hedges, and Embassy and have been enabling the sale of single cigarettes as a marketing strategy to create the next generation of nicotine addicts. Also worth a watch is the 2015 BBC Panorama episode The Secret Bribes of Big Tobacco, which further exposes the unethical business practices of British American Tobacco in Africa.

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