Transplant Athlete
Monday, February 07, 2005
  New York Cigarettes

My local station NBC4 just ran a piece on fire safe cigarettes, currently only sold in New York City. They cite a Harvard study which found that the fire safe cigarettes are no more toxic than ordinary cigarettes, there is no difference in price, and they sell just as well as ordinary cigarettes.

I hate cigarettes, but I believe in the ideals of our founding fathers: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." If lighting up makes you happy, you are free to do it, just don't expcect me to hang around while you do it. Banning cigarettes or taxing them out of existince is more up ole King George's route, but making them safer and marketing the hell out of them is the American way. Yes, Ralph Nader had to drag the car companies kicking and screaming into the safety realm, but now that they are here, you see crash test results in almost all of the ads. There's a commercial on TV showing a Truck hauling a trailer down a mountain and the whole point of the ad is the integrated breaking system that STOPS THE TRUCK (imagine that, a braking system that actually stops the truck). Safety Sells...Get with the program Philip Morris.

There is a PR flunkie, Jamie Drogin, for Philip Morris saying,

    "We want all manufacturers to play by the same rules. Um, and we believe that the way to address all of those issues is through Federal Legislation that would establish a uniform policy."

I understand it will cost them money to switch over their product lines. I'm guessing that saving 800 lives per year just isn't worth opening themselves up to the flood of lawsuits which will happen when they make the switch. If you make a fire safe cigarette, then the old cigarettes are by definition fire hazards.

So Jamie, why is Federal Legislation needed for your company to create a better product? Imagine if we had to wait for the government to legislate faster computers. We would still be counting on our fingers right now. Don't you think that a safer cigarette should be a part of your kinder gentler brand image? Show your customers you care.


Email This Article
Comments: Post a Comment
I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

January 2004 February 2004 March 2004 April 2004 May 2004 June 2004 July 2004 August 2004 September 2004 October 2004 November 2004 December 2004 January 2005 February 2005 March 2005 April 2005 May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 July 2009 August 2009 September 2009 October 2009 November 2009 December 2009 January 2010 February 2010 March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010 August 2010 September 2010 October 2010 December 2010 January 2011 February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011


Warning Signs for Kidney Disease:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Burning or Difficulty when Urinating
  • Frequent Urination at Night
  • Blood in your urine
  • Cola or tea colored urine
  • Swellig of the eyes, ankles, or feet
  • Lower back pain unrelated to physical activity

Send Me Email:

Blogs I Read:
Ultra Rob
Get Rich Slowly