Decades of Deceit
While warnings finally appeared on cigarettes in 1965, the text merely said smoking could be harmful to one's health. It didn't say anything about cancer. This vague language allowed many people to go on smoking, incurring further damage to their bodies and their lives. Finally, in the 80s, the warning message began to focus more specifically on the dangers of cancer. However, for over 50 years, tobacco businesses have minimized and denied the real harm of smoking and how addictive nicotine could be. For decades, the public has issued lawsuits against Big Tobacco with little success. In the 2000s, however, documents were leaked from a tobacco company showing a blatant conspiracy to conceal the highly addictive and even fatal outcome of their products.