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Tobacco companies produced the most deadly product on earth while they maintained a perfect record of defeating those who tried to reign them in. ADDICTION INCORPORATED, tells the true story of how Victor DeNoble's unexpected discovery of an addiction ingredient in tobacco leads to both more addictive Marlboro cigarettes and Congressional testimony. The public revelation of long held tobacco industry secrets leads journalists, politicians, attorneys and whistle blowers into an unexpected alliance, that achieves the first ever federal regulation of the tobacco industry. Victor's unwavering determination to "do some good" leads to a career as an educator that informs kids about the world's only industry where success is measured by ability to addict people. Written by
This film covers a huge number of tobacco topics going ankle-deep on each one, while providing the audience with a mini-biography of scientist Victor DeNoble. The weaselly libel suit against ABC is mentioned in a manner missing all details. Dr. DeNoble is shown opposing the multi-state settlement, but his reasons are not presented. Congressman Ron Wyden appears as a tobacco opponent without disclosure that he ultimately sold-out the cause via the industry- friendly Rose-Wyden "compromise". Philip Morris' Steve Parrish was interviewed for the film and is portrayed uncritically as the architect of the ostensible reforms of the tobacco industry.
Of course, it's impossible to include every possible detail about your subject in a documentary with a standard runtime, but consider this. I don't remember hearing the word "cancer" once in this documentary about the tobacco industry.
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