The Correlation between Tobacco and Big Ag

Cigarettes have always been linked with relaxation and enjoyment.  In the beginning, only for a few exclusive groups, but in the twentieth century, mass production and modern marketing made cigarettes available to the masses.”

“Before the development of the cigarette manufacturing machine, it was very expensive to make cigarettes so very few people could afford them, and with the development of a machine that would make cigarettes, it brought the cost way down.  The second important development was the development of safety matches so people could light the cigarettes.  And, the third and probably the most important one was the development of modern advertising and public relations which occurred in the 1910s, and the first really big push for cigarettes came in World War I where the tobacco companies arranged for the troops to get free cigarettes.”  Stanton Glanz, Professor, University of California SF

LIKEWISE…

Nonhuman flesh, byproducts and secretions have always been linked with taste and enjoyment.  In the beginning, only for a few exclusive groups, but beginning in the 1970s, mass production as well as marketing and advertising made meat, fish, dairy and eggs available to the masses.”

“Before the development of factory farming, it was very expensive to produce meat, fish, dairy and eggs so very few people could afford them, and with the development of factory farming that would mass produce nonhuman flesh, byproducts and secretions (circa 1970), it brought the cost way down.  The second important development occurred in 1969 when Congress passed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act (Public Law 91-222) which prohibited cigarette advertising on television and radio, and required the Surgeon General’s label of “Warning:  The Surgeon General Has Determined That Cigarette Smoking is Dangerous to Your Health” on each cigarette package.  And, the third and probably the most important one was the capitalization of marketing and advertising which appealed to sensory pleasure and created addictions to meat, cheese, butter, ice cream, eggs and fast food.”

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