Tobacco has been a global industry for more than a century. But in the era of corporate social responsibility, how do tobacco companies justify their push to sell even more cigarettes around the world? Trade agreements like the currently proposed Trans Pacific Partnership make it easier for tobacco corporations to flood markets in low- and middle-income countries, where 80% of the world’s billion tobacco users live. Anthropologist Peter Benson, author of Tobacco Capitalism, weighs in for this episode of the “Hold That Thought” podcast from Arts & Sciences at Washington University.
Listen to the interview here: https://thought.artsci.wustl.edu/podcasts/tobacco
This post is part of the September 2015 “Global Health” series of the Institute for Public Health’s blog. Subscribe to email updates or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive notifications about our latest blog posts.Tags: anthropology, cancer, capitalism, cigarettes, global health, globalism, smoking, tobacco