Not all industries are viewed equally, as some industries happen to be harmful to their consumers. The tobacco industry is one such industry and continues to be a menace to the populace with their addictive products on to which people get hooked and have difficulty getting off it. Even though there is argument that the consumer should be held responsible for their decisions, this would not be fair as far as the tobacco industry is concerned. The tobacco industry goes out of their way to entice people into the habit of using tobacco related products; deception included is the image in Stanford Research presents (Stanford Research, 2015).
If people were left to their own devices, then it would probably make some sense to let them be responsible for their decisions. The challenge, however, is that is not the case. The tobacco industry is one of the most aggressive advertisers. It has a strong appeal that it has directed towards the younger generation. The problem is, even as the industry is aware of the dangers of their product; they keep luring in unsuspecting consumers. In the case where consumers are knowledgeable, they have sought to downplay the severity of the products harmful effects (Brandt, 2012).
The truth is, even with foresight about the harmful effects of tobacco products it is very hard to resist them. The industry uses cutting-edge advertisement and marketing of their products. These are designed to play on human weakness making it difficult to avoid the products. They now prey on the younger generation as they are more supple and easier to redirect. Their products are given an appeal that is hard for these youngsters to avoid. In the end, they throw caution to the wind and are eventually hooked, some of them for life.
The fact that the tobacco industry hides the truth from the public for years as they kept reeling them in goes to show they cannot be trusted. They are in it for the money and have no qualms as to who is being hurt in the end....