Can’t They Read the Warning Label on Tobacco Products?
Because those of us in the Western world believe that everything important that has ever been done has been done in the Western world, we are often ignorant of the accomplishments of countries like
centuries ago. For example, here is the 17th century view of tobacco in China . China
in 1643 Fang Yizhi, a Chinese scholar, wrote that smoking tobacco for too long would “blacken the lungs” and lead to death. The then-emperor, Chongzhen, didn’t bother with warning labels. He outlawed growing and smoking the leaf. Violators were to be beheaded.
Yes, over 450 years ago the Chinese knew what Americans didn’t know until they were able to break through the wall of ignorance imposed by tobacco companies, that tobacco was bad for one’s health.
has forgotten that lesson, ok, not forgotten it as so much realized that the lesson is in conflict with capitalism. And now that China China has embraced capitalism the opportunity to make huge amounts of molney from tobacco outweighs the public health issue, just as it had done in the . United States
has a big, really big stake in tobacco. There is a huge city built on tobacco. And just like American companies, that, believe it or not used to argue that not only was tobacco not bad you, it was actually good for you, the Chinese point to leaders who smoked and lived a long time. China
If Hongta is the Philip Morris of
China, then Yuxi is its (see map). The city, with a population of more than 2m, has a Hongta Hotel and a Hongta golf course. The company sponsors more than a dozen primary schools in the region, each called “Hongta Hope” (there are also “Tobacco Hope” schools elsewhere). A tobacco museum in Yuxi boasts pictures of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping leading the revolution with cigarettes in the vanguard, along with testimonials to smoking’s good effects (Mao lived to 82, Deng to 92). Richmond, Virginia
All of this is pretty strong evidence that governments around the world are more alike than they are different. The role of the Chinese government in tobacco is little different from the former role of the
government in tobacco. In the U. S. farm subsidies and price support controls designed to make tobacco growing and cigarette manufacuturing highly profitable have only just been abandoned. U. S.
Yes people, consult your history books, government used to be a big booster of tobacco.