An organization called B.L.A.S.T came to present at our school this morning. B.L.A.S.T stands for Building Leadership for Action Today. There were a few messages that the presenters wanted us to take away from the presentation today.
One was that cigarette companies look at us as target for their product, and that we can’t believe everything that they tell us. An example of this is their advertising, and how they find loopholes in laws, and take every chance they get to trick the public. On chewing tobacco containers, there is a warning label on the side that says, “WARNING: This is not a safe alternative to smoking.” This message is split up, so when the label isn’t matched up, the bottom half says, ‘this is a safe alternative to smoking.’ Another message is that we have to try our hardest to be leaders, and not succumb to pressure from society. Just because a lot of other people are doing something, doesn’t mean it is right. One of the main things that I took away from the presentation was how awful tobacco products are, like cigarettes and chewing tobacco. I knew they were horrible before, but the presentation told me how horrible they really are, and what is in these products. Things like toilet cleaner, bug spray, rat poison, and 7000 thousand more chemicals are used to make the cigarettes and chewing tobacco, many of which can cause various cancers and diseases.
To me, all the things that tobacco companies get away with are ridiculous. Growing a plant, adding highly deadly chemicals to it, and then selling it to the public is horrible. The fact that the companies are going to countries over the world and giving cigarettes and lighters away to children is even worse! They are intentionally getting adults and children addicted to cigarettes so that they can make money. They are basically the same thing as murderers, by giving products that they know are deadly and addictive to people, and when one generation of smokers dies, they replace them by getting children and teens using their products.