Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas.
Raise your hand if you are from a western country and do not know that smoking is bad for your health.
No one? Oh alright then. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of big corporations but this sounds to me like people who don’t consider themselves to be responsible for their own actions. Did the marlboro man come to your house and force you to start chain smoking? Did peer pressure get to you at age 17? Well, too bad. It’s *your* mistake to be using something that not only costs a lot of money (smoking one pack a day in Finland totals around 2200€, or 2600$ a year) but is also dangerous to your health.
We know it’s dangerous yet we, or specific individuals, make the decision to start smoking.
cigarettes are just a product no one forces you to buy them so why is this such a big deal.
To everyone screaming that the anti cigarette movement is violating your personal rights, PUBLIC HEALTH takes president over personal choices. Smoking endangers you and OTHER PEOPLE around you. You might as well say that the stairs in your house shouldn’t have to have handrails because it doesn’t go with the decor, or paint companies should be allowed to add lead to their paint again because it’s the customers’ choice to use it, even if they are ignorant to the affects it will have on their children. When you put others in danger, you are VIOLATING their right to be in a safe environment!
….. Well, im all for the rage against drug users…. but that plain packaging law seems to be too discriminatory for my tastes. Cigarette users arent going to want to see malformed organs and shit every time they smoke, and its a blatant attack on them, especially if you want to argue that they have an addiction to them and have no real choice in the matter. You can find a better way thats not what PETA does, since as we all know, PETA has never done anything right. Dont be PETA.
I’m 17 and smoke, I try not to do it around people and especially kids. I know the risks and why it is so bad, but they’re risks I’m willing to take because I enjoy smoking, is that so bad?
And yet tobacco is legal. Well, at least it’s not cannabis…
The tobacco industry should be able to sell their product without having to put any of those disgusting photos on as this is incredibly unfair for them… Mcdonald’s does not put obese kids on their products and Coca-cola does not have to market men with low sperm count even though they both slowly kill you on the inside.
Tobacco is a necessary evil. People need to die.
tobacco is disgusting, how can a person smoke that shit ? they smell bad, taste bad and will probably kill you, people are just plain stupid.
Is it just Phillip Morris or all companies? I’d happily switch brands.
That was not an image of Uruguay at 10:58 the country highlighted was Paraguay…
I have to say that plain packaging on tobacco products but not junk food or alcoholic beverages seems like a double standard. Though I am typing this while drinking so what do I know. :P
The Google image thing actually worked…
6:50 mentions Australia’s “plain packaging” law, which makes me wonder – what do American cigarette boxes look like? Because Canada has had this law for at least 2 decades (my lifetime). The cigarettes must have a massive photo matching those Australian ones, with a small description in English (French on the other side) describing the effects depicted in the photo, with the name on the top flap.
Do American cigarette packs still have company-chosen mascots on the boxes, or are they just plain?
Hate to be that guy, but at 10:56, it’s pointing at Paraguay, not Uruguay.
Vaping is better than smoking!
Who else realized at 11:00 that the highlighted country was Paraguay
… so insane… that its even possible a foreign company can sew a fucking state… company interests should step back behind state interests exspecially the peoples interests in every case… their goal to earn money worth a shit…. in my country i would beat their agents to death..
Those togo people were just happy they got a shirt
Does anyone else think that putting those pictures on cigarette packaging is a touch fearmonger-ish and hypocritical,i mean you do not see bottles of alchocol putting pictures of people doing stupid shit with a caption”this is you in about 3 hours” or fast food packaging putting pictures of morbidly obese people saying”this is you if you continue with this diet” and also you have ads that say “drink responsibly” or “eat fast food in moderation” is it that much of a stretch to ask the same for cigarettes?
That awkward moment when you want to be anti cigarettes, but all your stuff has been financed by the biggest tobacco seller on the market…
what he doesn’t tell you is that tobacco price also went up 200 percent at the same time.
That isnt fucking Uruguay, wait…
Your a fucking prick john
interestingly the smoking kid is also obese maybe there’s a bigger education problem. I mean being a fat white smoking american is barely uncommon.Also as to plain packaging – that just leads to teenagers making their own packaging.
BTW I am a reformed smoker – however nothing makes me want to smoke more then anti-smoking ads.
And relying on Australia to prove your point is terrible given their rather errr “authoritarian” view on being a grown ups.
Only old people should be allowed to smoke tobacco.
Every year, all around the world, 600 000 people die of lung cancer after being passive smokers. That is a GENOCIDE if you ask me.
Look, it’s no secret that smoking is bad. We’ve been bombarded with all the warnings for years now. If smokers don’t care anyway, then I’m not going to lose any sleep over their health problems either. HOWEVER, don’t come smoking that shit around those of us who don’t smoke. Am talking to you, people who light up in public places, blowing that disgusting smoke over the rest of us, including children, and yet have the nerve to look annoyed/offended when asked to move downwind. Inconvenient for you? Not my problem. Health comes before habit. Smoking is not a must. Breathing clean air is.
Who the hell is Austrailia to steal and change a private companies property, that does not put a gun to anyones head to use its products? Smoking is bad, that is well known…Stopping someones freedom to choose to do something, by putting disgusting shit on someone elses private property is criminal and tyrannical…
The anti tobacco movement in the US is really out of hand. Why can Budweiser reserve countless advertisement blocks claiming how much better your party will be with their product? Why can Bacardi claim elegance of their rum on television and on billboards? Oh that’s right, no one wants to be told not to drink their precious alcohol. But cigarettes? Who cares, only a few hics and douche bags smoke. Who ever believed in tyranny of the majority anyway?
Why are there no “alcohol free” campuses (barring a couple Baptist universities)? Alcohol can greatly interfere with study, causes many driving deaths, can be just as unhealthy and expensive as smoking, etc. But for whatever flippant reason, smoking is unequivocally persecuted. I laugh whenever I hear people complaining about the sudden rise of cigarette litter at CU after the smoke ban. Maybe they shouldn’t have uprooted all the cigarette urns in their crusade. Maybe, just maybe, they should have compromised and established convenient smoking areas away from doorways and thoroughfares. But why should they do that? The anti smoking lobby at CU and other campuses hold the power and don’t see any reason to give the slightest freedom to the minority.
Next time you order a Big Mac, crack open a beer, don’t bike to work, or consume an animal product, be glad a majority of the people in the country (and by extension, all levels of government) don’t try really fucking hard to stop you from making a conscious decision to consume what you want to consume.
that was an, lets call it, ‘brigth’ ending…
Did anyone else notice he called Australia a country at 7:40?
In this comment section:
Random Guy – “I like to smoke what’s so wrong” Endless Replies – “FUCK YOU FOR SMOKING AND LIKING IT FAGGOT, I CARE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR HEALTH SO MUCH THAT I HOPE THEY MAKE SMOKING ILLEGAL…. YOU STUPID RETARD, FUCK YOU”
This is how about 99% of these comments have devolved to, let that sink in.
Obviously smoking is terrible for you and don’t get me wrong I’m not a fan of tobacco companies, however, it is unconstitutional for the government to require tobacco companies to remove all branding on their packages.
as a smoker, this motivates me to quit smoking
I recently took up smoking. And honestly, I’d be happy to se the industry go down
I can’t believe people could be offended by their right to hurt themselves being restricted. That’s like being offended that pipe cleaner says “don’t drink this” on the bottle.
I wonder how many people would be offended if the government cracked down on cigarettes and tried to gradually eliminate them completely. I sincerely hope that we can eliminate smoking. Everyone knows it’s horrible and kills thousands, so why do people even continue to do it?
I like Malboro, I tried to stop smoking, managed to stop smoking for 50 days, then back to smoke again. any advice on how to distract myself from needing nicotine ?
The people who want to smoke should be able to, but I even as a smoker agree that no one new should be lured in . I would not want my kids to smoke, but I think making something illegal is wrong as well .The drug war proves this point. Advertising, however, is not something that should be protected by law.
but i did notice that that was Uruguay
My mother hasn’t smoked a cigarette in about 10 weeks, and it makes me extremely happy to know that she stopped. To think she could just stop smoking after 44 years, with no problem is shocking to me. No patches, no gum, nothing. Whenever I even bring it up to family or friends she says it’s because of me. That when she had to get a tooth removed recently that was messed up from smoking, and couldn’t smoke for 3 days, I said try and quit off of that headstart, and here we are. Australia, Togo, and Uruguay have their shit right.
I didn’t even know Togo existed and I saw this video before!
Good news is that all the cool kids from high school probably have cancer now.
Are those billboards still in Uruguay?
On Australian Cigarette packaging: You forgot Brian. Who supposedly died from lung cancer. (He didn’t, he died from Aids.) So the photos are misleading, like with frostbitten toes and whatnot. So after a while the gruesome photos lose effect. It was still a good law. Even if it made it a pain to quickly locate the brand the customer wanted.
This is why International courts shouldnt exist. Smaller countries lose their sovereignty to wealthy corporations and their lawyers.
They ought to ban alcohol commercials next.
hi from Peru! I thing you should make a video about the stupid persecusion made by goverments around the world (ex. USA, Spain, Argentina, etc.) to vaping (electronic cigarettes). There’s a lot of studies that proves that vaping is the best way to stop smoking, and is almost inocuos, almost as you taking a cup of coffee. Please don’t let the tabaco companies stop the tecnology that is actually saving ex-smoker’s lifes. Thanks!
Nice smoke effect! lol
This is why I grow and roll my own tobacco. And save a Ton of money on my habit. I will not contribute to the international conglomerates of these companies. And I actually know what is in my cigarettes with pure tobacco unlike the tons of added poisons these companies inject into their product to make it even more addictive than it is.
people need to mind their own fucking business.
why didn’t you show the star wars psa with r2 smoking?
Interlacing? On my Youtubes?
So does this mean the TPP already exists and we just didn’t know about it?
SMokE WeED ERRY daY!!!!!!!11!!!eleventyone
when a baby turns 4 in a smoking home they have inhaled smoke equivalent to 100 cigarettes. smoking can’t be illegal right now, because it is not practical for many reasons, however thousands of people are dying from second hand smoke every year. As an asthmatic who lives around people who smoke, I always have to be fearful. statistically, my life has already been shortened by this. I don’t know what we can do, but it’s not fair for me.
I agree with johns comments, but one thing we and he forgot is….what about the person who wants to smoke? I know it is not good for you, but lets be honest, there isn’t to much out there that is. If the people want the cig’s then let them have it, candy will rot your teeth if you eat enough but I dont see the same busybody response as cigarettes get thou. As long as a person contaminates themselves with smoke, it should not be anyone business.
i want to give this man a hug
the only thing that can be done,is to keep overall smoking to a small percentage of people. you will never see it go away completely. look at the history of prohibition in the 20s.
This is what trade agreement do. They take away countries rights.
+Last Week Tonight with john Oliver JOHN OLIVER I LOVE YOU. I HAVE A HUGE CRUSH ON YOU.. :p BUT SERIOUSLY … I REALLY HAVE A RESPECT FOR YOU . KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. #LOVE FROM BHUTAN.
Think of a group of people (a company) very EAGERLY and ARDENTLY SELLING DEATH — and particularly selling it to those unable to UNDERSTAND that it’s death they’re buying. Really, it’s not a lot different from selling jack-in-the-box toys to children which blow up with the force of a bomb when the jack pops up — and the kids don’t know that’s going to happen. It should be a free world: you can sell a jack-in-the-box toy to somebody which actually blows up — as long, JESUS!, as the buyers are in a position to KNOW that it blows up!
I never understood the anti smoking ads. If someone doesn’t care about their health which neither do we why put up the ads? No one cares that people choose to smoke which is the key word CHOOSE they want to smoke let them stop bashing them they know the dangers it’s just annoying that they bash on adult choices.
Brilliant show :-D
you should see some Canadian smoking packs. My favorite is the toilet full of blood
This. This. This is fucking gold, my friends!
Wow. Thanks for the video. I should grow a pair and just quit.
That ending was amzing
ex smoker and must admit Jeff Rocks
Ha! Screw you, Oliver: I’m going European, I knew that was Paraguay. To be sure, Americans had no idea, but you’re on YouTube now :)
The “Kanye West approch” made a dedicated viewer of me Mr.Oliver, that was fucking brilliant.
This is fantastic.
I enjoyed a lovely, robust La Gloria Cubana while enjoying this segment.
i love how the warning label in the maybe ad was in a different fucking language
gotta give credit to us shows…they dont give a flying f%$# about big companies
Gah, I started coughing in reflex every time they put B-roll of a smoker on screen.
I was worried when I heard about Jon Stewart leaving–I didn’t know about John Oliver yet. My worries are gone now.
I thought I saw a visual fail… go towards the 11-minute mark and notice the country highlighted versus the one John is explaining.
The country highlighted in yellow is Paraguay, not Uruguay. Uruguay is the one on the coast, sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil. Yes, Paraguay is also sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil, but it also has a border with Bolivia.
Jeff, Jeff, Jeff!!!!!!!!!
Indonesia? Uruguay? Togo? You should see here in Portugal: despite the changes in packages, the country had the very same problem on reducing advertising, no matter how well it should – it’s almost a nightmare to dodge the smokers everywhere, and there’s not a week I don’t see families hapilly together enjoying tobacco (parents smoking around their children down the street, granddadies or momies strolling their toddlers while puffing a nice cigarrete…)
I was taking a bong hit at the beach when a man came up to me and said don’t be smoking Tharp around my kids, and this guy goes and pulls out a cigarette and puffs away by his own children. I laughed at the fact he’s gonna die sooner than most of us:)
It’s pathetically sad when corporations can control government discourse. It even happens in the U.S., in the form of lobbyists. Of course, if certain lobby groups are willing to send a few favors my way… Maybe I’ll stop complaining about it. *hint hint*
I wish smoking was permanently banned everywhere, inside or outside, I am so tired of smelling it, having it blown in my direction or having people smoking inside even though there are signs that say “NO SMOKING”
I think smoking is incredibly dumb. No matter what it is, cigs, cigards, or weed. However, cannabis oil, thats genius.
Just searched Malboro on google, Jeff was the first image! You have succeeded, John!
what? aren’t these the job creators?!?! isn’t this the free market we all want??!?
A lot of these talk show hosts will talk about why issues are bad, but they don’t do jack about it. John Oliver actually launches full on hilarious smear campaigns, that’s what I’m talking about!
We have reached the point of extreme capitalism where powerful and rich companies have more power than elected officials. Scary.
“Pat then punch…pat punch…they need a pat punch…little pat, big punch.”
I am a smoker and I think that we should have more pictures of the health risks posted on cigarette packs. Just watching this show has seriously made me think about the terrible health risks I am taking every time I smoke.
Jeff scares me a little…
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