This video takes a candid look at what many
think is the alternative to smoking. Teenagers turn each year
to smokeless tobacco regardless of what parents or doctors tell
them. Medical patients with smoking-related illnesses view smokeless
tobacco as a way of kicking the smoking habit. This factual program
looks at the influence of tobacco in America. It explores the
history of King Tobacco and how it has survived through
economic, medical, governmental, and societal responses. Like
alcohol, tobacco was introduced thousands of years ago and still
influences children through family, sports, advertising, and
now, more than ever, peer pressure.
Interviews with users of smokeless tobacco
explain why they use the product and how snuff, dip, or chew
have become a part of their lives. Medical professionals look
at the carcinogens in tobacco, and explain the addictive and
sometimes fatal impact on the human body. Tobacco farmers and
business owners explain what the product means to their livelihood
and how tobacco is not a crime. Whether it is Mother Nature,
government regulation, or medical surveys, tobacco is still a
fact of life. 20 minutes. © 2001.
Tobacco: The Truth Behind the Smoke Screen
Tobacco use in the United States has a long
and complex history. Native Americans grew tobacco and used it
for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. European settlers began
cultivating tobacco commercially, and it soon became a valuable
cash crop. The sale of tobacco helped to finance the American
Revolution. During World War II, the U.S. government gave every
American soldier a tin of cigarettes as a part of their rations.
Although the 1950s saw growing concern about the possible ill
effects of smoking, it was not until 1964 that the U.S. government
published a report linking smoking and cancer.
This video explores the contradictions and
complexities of America's dangerous relationship with tobacco.
It highlights Surgeon General Koop's campaign for tougher restrictions
on the sale and advertisement of tobacco, and recent legal battles
between states and tobacco companies. The program also examines
why tobacco is so addictive, and offers specific tips on how
tobacco users can kick the habit. Key points are reinforced with
informative graphics, as well as interviews with medical professionals.
This solid presentation helps viewers understand the consequences,
past and present, of tobacco use in the United States.
25 minutes. © 2002.
Grass Is Not Always Greener
This program provides a history of marijuana,
from industrial use to the early social perceptions, and its
reputation as the gateway to other illegal drugs. The effects
of THC on the human body and society, good and bad, are explored.
The discussion covers dependence on marijuana and its medical
possibilities. This program presents the facts in a clear, concise
manner, allowing the viewer thought-provoking insight into the
marijuana controversy. 30 minutes. © 2001.