Notjhing Essay

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Questions
1. Ethically as we Americans have defined is not on the minds of these executives of the
cigarette firms. Our society has made it ethically and legally wrong to sell cigarettes to
a minor. These companies located in the United States adhere to the laws and ethical
issues within our borders, so what is the difference when they practice these unethical
business transactions in smaller countries. These smaller, less developed countries do not
have the technology and understanding to disallow the sale of cigarettes to minors. These
gigantic tobacco companies should follow the same practices in smaller countries as they
do in their home country the U.S.

2. Yes, I believe giving free sample packs of cigarettes to minors in foreign countries to
be some form of bribery. You need to ask yourself why are the free samples being
distributed? Merely to get younger generations hooked, so these companies have a long time
consumer. Bribery doesn’t always have to consist of money; this is a form of
brainwashing in my opinion. By getting the younger, less intelligent population hooked
early on cigarette’s, these companies have opened up a new market to extend their
own profits. I’m sure the tobacco companies realize that a couple thousand free
sample now is fine compared to the long term spending they will encounter from the
individuals that get hooked.

3. No, they are not acting with social responsibility. Why or how could this be any bit of
an ethical decision by the executives of the tobacco companies? These companies should
believe and follow it’s moral set in the country it belongs and carry them into
every business transaction that they make, whether it be in New York City or Mongolia. It
is too bad that as a capitalistic society we lower ourselves below ethical lines just to
earn a buck or two!

4. Yes, I believe this problem can be addressed and solved through education. The United
States has introduced the Foreign Corrupt Act Policy to disallow any bribery in foreign
Markets whether or not the country allows it, it is merely enough that you belong to The
U.S. that you follow their ethically values wherever your business may go. We need to
educate these countries and their youth about the bad problems derived from smoking before
they get hooked. We weren’t aware of the initial effects smoking had on us, and this
allowed it to be socially acceptable. If we had been made aware of all the issues from the
get go, maybe smoking would not be tolerated at all in our country. I feel this is the
only way to help other countries fight the war against money hungry tobacco companies.
This would be a hard task, but slowly and surely it can only help!

Summary
The main issue of this case is whether or not is an ethical business practice to sell
cigarettes to minors in other foreign countries. The main blockade is all the money that
the gigantic tobacco firms have compared to the very little money and knowledge the
foreign countries have to fight against this issue. If you are to specifically look at
Argentina and realize that they get Twenty-two percent of their taxes from cigarette
revenue, now what country wants to give up that kind of money coming in?

Solving this problem is going to be very costly and time consuming. Everyone, meaning
lesser-developed countries, has to play catch to America. What we know and understand
about cigarettes and the ways of the tobacco countries allow us to make decisions in an
ethical manner, while these money hungry little countries will turn there heads to ensure
money for their own economic growth.









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Questions
1. Ethically as we Americans have defined is not on the minds of these executives of the
cigarette firms. Our society has made it ethically and legally wrong to sell cigarettes to
a minor. These companies located in the United States adhere to the laws and ethical
issues within our borders, so what is the difference when they practice these unethical
business transactions in smaller countries. These smaller, less developed countries do not
have the technology and understanding to disallow the sale of cigarettes to minors. These
gigantic tobacco companies should follow the same practices in smaller countries as they
do in their home country the U.S.

2. Yes, I believe giving free sample packs of cigarettes to minors in foreign countries to
be some form of bribery. You need to ask yourself why are the free samples being
distributed? Merely to get younger generations hooked, so these companies have a long time
consumer. Bribery doesn’t always have to consist of money; this is a form of
brainwashing in my opinion. By getting the younger, less intelligent population hooked
early on cigarette’s, these companies have opened up a new market to extend their
own profits. I’m sure the tobacco companies realize that a couple thousand free
sample now is fine compared to the long term spending they will encounter from the
individuals that get hooked.

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