A history of tobacco spin

Tue, 2007-06-19 11:26Kevin Grandia
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A history of tobacco spin

Here's a video compilation we were working on for James Hoggan's recent keynote lecture to the Canadian Public Relations Society's national conference. We ended up not using the video, but I thought it would be great for DeSmog readers.

Many of the themes in these video clips are still used today by individuals and organizations that continue to fight against tough greenhouse gas regulations in North America.

For example, the first clip is a Virginia Slims TV advertisement from the '60's claiming that oppressed women have won their right to smoke cigarettes. Fast forward to today, where the pro-tobacco lobby still uses such tactics, and those in the automobile lobby frame tougher vehicle emissions standards as a “rights” issue.

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