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Ethical Issuses Of Tobacco Companies In The Insider

808 words - 4 pages

The movie The Insider literally provides a seeing glass perspective into the summation of ethical issues in businesses that directly affects the consumers physical and psychological health and the alleged methods that the tobacco company would resort to in order to safe guard itself from litigation and from disclosing information that will adversely affect the sale of its sole money making product yet is ultimately crucial to its customers understanding of the contents of the product that they are purchasing and its implications on their personal health.
There are several ethical philosophies in play here regarding the tobacco company and these ethical issues can be explored by analyzing the myriad of interplay of relationships between the characters in the movie and the choices that they make based on certain public and private interests and values. To summarize there is the reluctant protagonist Jeffery Wigand who was the corporate vice president/research chemist of a tobacco company but essentially an employee who was fired yet is still under a non-disclosure clause in a confidentiality agreement with said former company. Secondly the relationship of the company towards its employees regarding its hiring and firing policies, the relationship between the tobacco company with its consumers and the evident issue of justice versus profit making in the tobacco business.
Amongst all the ethical issues stated above, the main ethical issue that would be of the utmost importance in the tobacco industry would be the relationship and obligation between the company and its consumers. In a nutshell a tobacco or cigarette selling company sells its products which according to numerous health and scientific research organizations such as World Health Organization (WHO), science publications and medical journals contains hundreds of thousands of carcinogens, causes respiratory diseases such as heart disease, emphysema and asthma among others. Thus the question of ethics in the tobacco business is definitely an oxymoron as the tobacco business and ethics absolutely contradicts the existence each other. Of course one could quote ethical egoism here and argue that whatever the business of a company is, it is not responsible for its consumers and is right in selling its products for profits and every individual has the right to protect their interests which in this case would be their individual freedom to smoke cigarettes and evaluate by themselves how harmful smoking is to them....

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