U.S. district judge rules that tobacco companies must spend their own money producing an advertising campaign explaining their deceit regarding the dangers of smoking. As a smoker, I personally have been fully aware of the dangers of smoking, and while I feel that this is completely unnecessary, anything to push people not to pick up smoking or to convince them to quit is a step in the right direction. Whether or not the decision is ethical becomes more complex when you consider that people continue to smoke despite their knowledge of the dangers. Yes, tobacco companies lied, but would it really have changed anything? I think it is ethical only because they had originally lied. Were it not for their deceit, forcing a company to produce an ad campaign that would reduce their sales regardless of the products harmful effects is completely unethical.
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