Tobacco and Gio Batta Gori Essay

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Cecilia Zuppo Zaccarelli
RWS 94
Instructor: Kelsey Parker

Health vs Human Rights: Influences on Smoking Ban

Cigarette smoking is a controversial issue that has been addressed in two articles with diferent focuses, which both agree on the fact that it isn’t healthy, but they do not have the same arguments on all topics related to smoking. Some people have distinct points of view about the cigarette ban and about the smoking risks, not only for smokers, but also for secondhand smokers. On one hand, Derrick Z. Jackson, a journalist and associate editor for the Boston Globe, wrote an essay published in 2009, ``Let`s Ban All Flavors of Cigarettes,`` and shows the reasons why the menthol cigarettes should be banned in addition to the candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes. In the other hand, Gio Batta Gori, a spokesman with medical knowledge and consultant for the tobacco industry, in his article ``The Bogus `Science`of Secondhand Smoke,`` (2007) disagrees with a Surgeon General`s claim which says that the secondhand smoke exposure is a big risk, and supports it by analyzing the real possibility to measure smoke exposure. Jackson claims that the Food and Drug Administration had a good start banning candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes, but it is not enough. According to Jackson (2009), tobacco companies should ban the menthol cigarettes too. He argues that the fact that menthol is the cigarette that makes the most money is one reason why it was exempted from imediate in the smoking-prevention act, signed by the president Barack Obama (Jackson, 2009). One piece of evidence that the author highlights in his essay is that ` `Menthol cigarettes are nearly 30 percent of the $87 billion U.S. cigarette Market`.`(Jackson, 2009, p.96). Jackson added that the government believe that their coffers and economic results are more important than the lives that are losing to tobacco. One argument that he uses to support his claim is that this type of cigarette had deadly effects and it brings risk because the minty taste has a cooling effect, masking the smoking harshness (Jackson, 2007). He also mentioned results of a medical jornal studies, which proves that menthol cigarettes smokers have more difficulty to quit smoking, so the menthol levels are being manipulated by tobacco companies and luring younger smokers with this minty taste (Jackson, 2007). Another problem that the author lists in the article for the menthol cigarettes is the racism issue. African-Americans are big menthol cigarettes smokers and they have more probabilities to develop cancer and heart diseases than white Americans (Jackson, 2007). Jackson addressed an audience of the Boston Globe readers with an informative tone and said that with all these negative points about the menthol cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration is going to study this type of smoking within more one year, and hopefully it can still be banned. Gori, in his article, discusses secondhand smoke exposure, highlighting many studies that have tried to measure the lifetime exposure and claims that the results are not accurate enough to influence anti-smoking laws. For Gori, cigarettes should not be banned because we live in a free society. He agrees that smoking can be very dangerous for human`s health, but he agues with all his specialized knowledge that it is very difficult to know the amount of smoke ingested in a person lifetime. To support his opinion, Gori says that the studies were made by phone interviews with elderly non-smokers that tried to remember `vagaries`, such as number of cigarettes smoked in their presence with the window opened, the size of this cigarettes, and more informations that don’t give us a right marker of exposure (Gori, 2007). One evidence that Gori (2007) uses is that ``lifetime summations in the air, individual