Philip Morris is the worlds second largest tobacco company, and by nature has some serious ethical issues. Tobacco has been around since 6000 B.C. and was a cash crop that helped build America into what it is today. Despite all this, Tobacco is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths per year in the United States and Philip Morris is making billions of dollars off of it.
While an outsider can quickly look at the company and complain that there are unethical business practices going on, the situation at Philip Morris is more complicated than just selling a product that is highly addictive and responsible for 443,000 deaths per year.
Throughout the years the company has openly advertised to kids, added chemicals to make cigarrettes burn faster, and has admitted to using child laborers as young as 10 years of age. It seems to me that the company has become so accustomed to their unethical reputation and addictive product, that any further questionable actions will not affect their business.
In a blog post last week I wrote a bit on Megs comment about smoking in restaurants and why the government doesn’t ban cigarrettes all together. I found that the government makes a significant amount of money off of taxes from cigarettes, as well as through settlement money that is dependent on the big three tobacco companies remaining in operation.
In my opinion, the tobacco industry is a lot more unethical and corrupt than it appears on surface. I think this would be an excellent company to research for paper 2. Looking at the rise of the company and when it began to gain negative public light would show a lot more light on what is going on at their headquarters.