Repulsive Business by B.A.T.
It is dreadful what companies like BAT, British American Tobacco Company do to make exceedingly large profits.
We saw a documentary recently on BBC TV about Africa and how BAT was especially targeting African countries particularly Nigeria, Malawi and Mauritius.
In the program we saw how poor people were, that every day they did not know where their food was coming from.
Yet they were so hooked on smoking that they would part with their money for a cigarette or two or three if they had a good days work.
We saw little boys some still at school selling to their classmates and at the end of the day they would smoke the cigarettes they had earned that day.
Most sales were single cigarettes which were against WHO, World Health Organisation, guidelines.
They were widely advertising the sale of single cigarettes also forbidden by the WHO.
Tobacco kills hunger pangs but can not stop you from suffering from malnutrition and it can
give you terminal cancer.
The other horrible thing was BAT would organise a lot of music events where they gave away cigarettes and things like rucksacks and baseball hats and sweat shirts and other things all with the company logo.
Everyone wanted these wonderful gifts and the music events we saw were full of underage kids also against WHO guidelines.
It was seen as cool to go to one of these events and there was usually a sweepstake where one person won lots of money and boxes of cigarettes.
We saw such a happy winner, he and his wife were the envy of all the others who did not win, he won a lot of money and a lifetimes supply of cigarettes.
After seeing the poverty in Africa the program cut to a BAT Shareholders Meeting where all the fat cats had gathered to gloat over their fine profits.
British businessman Duncan Bannatyne (anti smoking), the man who put up the money and made the program,, who makes his money out of Fitness Clubs and Care Homes, tried to tell them about the plight of the people in Africa.
Read story on BBC site:
They were not interested and one by one left the meeting refusing to comment on making profits out of other people’s misery.
Ken Clark is a prominent member of the Board of BAT, he was Chancellor in Thatcher’s govt and now in Cameron’s Shadow Government.
He like the rest of the shareholders were disinterested in the fact that their product caused misery and death to many around the globe.
They did not care as long as they made exceedingly large profits.
The fact that random chance can compromise your health is one thing but to have fat cats
sitting in Boardrooms cynically planning to compromise the health of many in their attempt to make money at all costs is repulsive.
I was inspired to write this after reading an anti tobacco post 31st MAY----WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY on Joseph’s blog here is the link and you can go to his blog:
Life in Motion.
Duncan Bannatyne described BAT as "the unacceptable face of British Business".
Bannatyne takes on Big Tobacco: This World is broadcast on Tuesday 1 July on BBC TWO at 2100BST.