Re: virus: Tabacco mind virus.

Drakir (
Tue, 01 Jul 1997 17:01:28 +0100

Tony Hindle wrote:
> In message <>, Richard
> Jones <> writes
> >
> >
> >I think what you're abscribing to me is the simple effect of peer
> >pressure. That's nothing special, it happens with everything that a
> >youth could ever get into.
> Yea true. I am trying to think from the tabacco plc's position.

What about from the position of Levi's or Reeboks? It's a standard
marketing thing, surely. You get the right people doing it, then others
are going to follow. Once it enters society, peer pressure takes over.
Just because it's bad for you doesn't make them selling it wrong.
Tobacco's already in society. IT's not a new product, so restricting
the advertising (flashback from a post a while ago) is useless.

What I can gather that you're getting at is that they're selling it
under the pretence of it not being bad for you. I'd have to disagree.
Cigarette packets are plastered with warnings about the dangers, and
there are massive campaigns against smoking. I knew it was bad for me,
and I still know that it's killing me.

Now put yourself in the position of one of the tobacco giants. People
know the stuff is bad for them, and you're severly restricted in your
advertising rights anyhow. Does that stop you selling it if people want
it? You don't have to do any underhand campaigning to sell your
product. It's already on the streets, and society already wants it. So
just sit back and keep raking in the money. I'd do it. Shit, I'd
probably smoke my own brand too - at least then I wouldn't have to pay
for them.

> They do stats, like the bookies they are not gambling, they do their
> research. spread these memes people will smoke we will make a profit.
> The no of deaths only enter the equation as loss of customers.

That's no probs, because new generations step in to take their place :)

> If ciggys killed imedietly they would never
> take off.

Guns kill immediately (most of the time), and there are shitloads of

catcha later,

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