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From the beginning of the video till the end it was non-stop information that was very eye opening for me. The first few minutes of the video it was already said that 138,000 people would have a heart attack and brain strokes because of nicotine. However, it was surprising that these tobacco industries still make this product and they continue to grow every year. Victor DeNoble who was the first person in his family to graduate and was a scientist who was shocked to hear that these tobacco companies do not believe that they kill people. Victor said that the companies told him that, “we do not kill people nicotine is what kill people” (Evan, 2013). After hearing that sentence I was shocked. These tobacco companies actually believe that they are not responsible for the deaths of thousands of people a day. However, Victor started to work for the company and he was in research and he was testing how the rat would be addicted to nicotine. He realized that he had to give the nicotine periodically to the rats just like how humans spend a few minutes smoking one cigarette. After doing that Victor found out that the rats just wanted more and more of the nicotine. The rats would press on a switch every time they wanted nicotine, and when he hit day 21 of the research, the rats were hitting the switch 90 times every single day. After doing this research, Victor really thought he could come up with a way to make a cigarette that will not cause heart disease. After doing some researching he found a chemical, acetaldehyde, which actually enhances what the nicotine does and makes the cigarette more addictive then it already was. He found out that the rats pressed the switch “240 times for acetaldehyde and when he mixed both nicotine and acetaldehyde together the rats pressed the switch more than 540 times” (Evan, 2013). This made the tobacco companies very excited because all they had to do was come up with a good ratio of both nicotine and acetaldehyde to make the cigarette even more addictive. However, many people believed that these companies were marketing an addictive drug because the rats wanted the nicotine and the acetaldehyde just as much as they wanted cocaine and the tobacco industries were not telling the truth about it.
Therefore, the subcommittee of the health department met and brought all the CEO’s together from the tobacco companies and they were all under oath to tell the truth. During the meeting they announced that “the truth is that nearly a half million Americans die every year as a result of tobacco” (Evan 2013). After, all the CEO’s of the companies under oath announced that nicotine is not addictive. Finally, Victor was able to speak the truth of what he knows about the tobacco industry. All these years he was not allowed to but now was his chance. He started to tell the world about the truth about these companies and how addictive nicotine is. All the CEO’s started to move out of the companies when the truth about them came out. Then, lawyers came together and wanted to sue the tobacco industry even though everyone knew that they never lost even if it cost them millions of dollars. 51 law firms came together to sue and they actually felt like they had a chance. Victor started to explain that when the rats woke up first thing in the morning they would hit the switch and press it 90 times per day and before they slept they would hit the switch again.
At the end, it was very inspiring and eye opening to see Victor come out and educate so many people. Not only was he educating adults but he made sure to go to children and schools and make them knowledgeable and understand the risks of smoking. One quote that was very inspiring and that everyone should hear is that Victor said, “it is not only for one life, you’ve changed dozens of dozens of lives” (Evan 2013). I believe that everyone should hear the truth about the tobacco industry and they should really listen to what Victor has to say that will change many people’s lives.
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Victor truly inspired many of his audience and truly showcased “it is not only for one life, you’ve changed dozens of dozens of lives”; he displayed the truth behind tobacco and I highly agree strongly with his standpoint. He spoke out for the main causes behind strokes and heart disease.