tobacco

Tobacco Industry

 

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Companies at the top are the best, at the bottom the worst.

company
overall
ranking
environ-
ment
human
rights
labor
ethics &
governance
health &
safety
1 (tie)

D

C

n/i

F

F

Notes: Rankings proceed from top to bottom with companies at the top as more responsible within the industry and those at the bottom as the less responsible. Letter grades go in this order: A (best),B,C,D,F(worst) with plus (+) and minus (-). "n/i" means we don't have enough information to give a letter grade for that category. The color coding is another corporate responsibility indicator, in the order Green (best), Yellow, Orange, Red (worst). Companies in the green zone are sustainable and working towards creating a greener planet (most industries will not have companioes in the green zone as there are no companies that can be considered sustainable in that industry). Companies red zone have poor environmental and social responsibility records and should be avoided if possible. 'Orange' companies are not quite as bad as 'red' and ' yellow' zone are slightly better than orange. Orange and yellow companies have a ways to go before they can be considered green.

Fast facts about the tobacco industry

  • The tobacco industry intentionally misled the public for decades about the adverse health affects and addictive nature of cigarettes and nicotine.
  • Owning half of the United States tobacco market at 87 percent of Kraft Foods, the Altria Corporation, the leading tobacco company, is a large and profitable corporation, which habitually uses its food products to enter world markets, establishes favorable relationships with governments, and then begins aggressively marketing its tobacco products.
  • Successful marketing campaigns have resulted in an increase in the number of smokers, particularly women and adolescents.
  • The tobacco industry produces products that are unhealthy, unsustainable, and unsafe.
  • Visit Go Green for help getting tobacco out of your life.