John Oliver Sets Sights on Tobacco Industry in HBO Takedown

February 18, 2015 9:26 AM

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This week, Oliver took on an equally controversial topic: Big Tobacco. To kick off his take-down, Oliver rolled out a vintage ’70s video clip of a Philip Morris CEO saying (with a straight face) that while it’s true that women who smoke have smaller babies, “some women prefer to have smaller babies.”

Since then the U.S. government has restricted tobacco advertising and sales, which according to Oliver, has resulted in falling adult smoking rates, going from about 43% in 1965 to about 18% today. Yet despite the decline in smokers in the U.S., a 2008 report found that tobacco is more profitable th...

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