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DVD of the Day #268: NOVA: Search For a Safe Cigarette

This was a fun history of the tabacco industry and how they have evolved each time something they have done has been revealed to be horrible not only in terms of physical damage, but ethically as well. You’re learn about how companies have tried to hide wacky things about cigarettes and then do a 180 once they are caught. Did you know the first filter was made of asbestos. So the tobacco companies tried to cut down on lung cancer with…guaranteed lung cancer. Even more hilarious, the company that created the filter knew asbestos was cancerous and tried to hid that little tidbit as well by saying “It’s so safe we’ll use it in our schools as fire protection.” Oy vey.

At the same time, the documentary does look at the attempts within the industry to make a real safe cigarette and the problems that have been ecountered, many of which are politics from within the industry itself. From specially grown tobacco to cutting down the carcinogenic chemicals in a cigarette to the electronic cigarettes that are proven to be FAR less of a risk yet most countries have made illegal because of the “Fear of niccotine addiction” which is really just a way of saying “the tobacco industry paid us a shitlod of money to sell out out citizens and ban the safe choice instead of the one filled with rat poison and the gas used to kill jews in Auschwitz,” we get to see not only all the electric car-esque methods the industry has come up with to actually make smoking safer and/or healthier, but how the tobacco industry itself killed these products out of greed and depravity.

I don’t think there’s anyone alive that would doubt that the Tobacco Industry as it is is pretty much built on a foundation of the worst traits humanity has to offer, so it was refreshing to see the positive attempts by some in the industry to fix the evils some horrible human beings have purposely inflicted on billions.

Is It Worth Keeping? Yes
Rating: 8/10

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