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Case Study- Nicotine Company's Disclosure

Winston Cigars Incorporated manufactures cigars. You can't stand the smell of those disgusting sticks of tobacco. Winston knows that smoking cigars causes the teeth to turn yellow and that 25 percent of cigar smokers lose their teeth. Winston also includes a small amount of addictive substances in the cigars. Winston does not disclose any of these issues in advertisements. Discuss the legal and ethical issues related to Winston's conduct.
1. What are the ethical issues raised by Winston's omission of possible effects of using its products?
2. Are there state or federal laws that specifically require disclosure of the dangers of the use of tobacco products? If so, do these laws require disclosure of the specific effects listed in the scenario?
3. Advertising is considered "commercial speech;" does Winston have any protections here?

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1. The ethical issues raised by Winston's omissions of possible effects of using its products are related to the turning of teeth to yellow and 25 percent of cigar smokers losing their teeth. The second issue is that ethics is related to the inclusion of a small amount of addictive substance in the cigars. From the deontological ethical perspective, it is the duty of Winston to disclose information relating to yellowing of teeth, teeth loss, and addiction in its advertising. The non disclosure is not an action of moral worth. Similarly, from the perspective of virtue ethics, it is not an act of good character to not disclose yellowing of teeth, teeth loss, and addiction in its advertising. It is not an act of moral worth. From ...

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