Thank You For Smoking

TYFSOne of the best movies I watched this past year was Thank You for Smoking. It is a really fun satirical comedy about Big Tobacco. In brief, the movie is about a lobbyist for the tobacco industry whose job is to promote cigareete smoking in a time when the health problems related to cigarettes are obvious to most people. Though the movie is about the cigarette industry, I think the message of the movie generalizes to many other industries. It does a good job of presenting how business, media, and government interact to influence the choices consumers make (without even realizing it). Of course, given that research studies show that attraction to smoking at a young age is influenced by messages coming from the media, including movies, has tremendous health, business, and public policy implications, which we usually tend to ignore or overlook.

John Campea does a really great job of reviewing the movie. His comments are available on Thank You for Smoking on his movie blog by clicking here.

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186 responses to “Thank You For Smoking

  1. The film “Thank You for Smoking” is undoubtedly a satire of great proportions that is poking fun at the lobbying that goes on within the United States government. Although the focus of this film is primarily on the lobbying efforts of the tobacco industry, lobbying plays a huge impact on the regulations and laws that are passed for a variety of categories. It is interesting to examine the impacts and drivers of change that have had an impact on the cigarette and tobacco industry overall.

    The movie starts by introducing us to Nick Naylor, a savvy, smooth talking, lobbyist for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, who explains to us that his job is “to talk” and work spin control for the industry. We are shown just how good Naylor in a smooth talking an audience when he is guest on a talk show. He somehow is able to talk Tobacco out of a corner by stating that the company would never want to lose such a valuable customer and that they are going to be launching an anti-tobacco campaign to combat teen use of tobacco products.

    Another instance where we see Naylor use his smooth talking ability is when he goes to his son, Joey’s, career day at school. He gives a speech that tells the children to question authority and to not be afraid to ask the question “who says.” He eloquently, spins the question of one little girl and tells the children to be sure to think for themselves, to challenge authority, and to ultimately find out about cigarettes by themselves. Another instance in the film, where Naylor attempts to pass on his savvy-ness to his son, is when he instructs him in the “beauty of an argument,” explaining to his son that if you can correctly argue something, you will never be wrong.

    The next scene is where we first begin to see how drivers of change are having an impact on three industries. Here the “MOD Squad,” meaning the Merchants of Death, are meeting for dinner. These three individuals are the representatives for firearms, tobacco, and alcohol. The three discuss how health conscious Americans and the United States government has been rallying against their organizations, each cite individual groups that are attacking them as well, such as the American Caner Society is against Big Tobacco. We can see that health conscious Americans are driving a change into the industry, wanting more protection against these potentially harmful substances and practices. This develops later in the film as well.

    Another business point that the film briefly touches base on is the nature of unethical marketing to minors and other individuals. This is alluded to when they mention that cigarette companies use cartoon characters and other symbols to try and attract children into purchasing the cigarettes. That is why Senator Ortolan Finistirre wants to make it mandatory that all the packages have “skull and crossbones” on them to indicate that the substances within are poisonous. The notion that the tobacco companies are marketing to children through the use of cartoons definitely touches on the idea of whether it is ethical to market in this manner to children. I believe that it is unethical to exploit the fact that the children do not understand that the substances within are harmful and that the tobacco industry should make strides to remove such advertising from mainstream media. Going along with the use of marketing in the cigarette industry, Naylor convinces his boss that cigarette smoking needs to been seen as cool again, and the way to do that is to incorporate them back into Hollywood movies. This suggests such marketing tactics as product placement in films. So Naylor goes and sees a guy named “Jeff’” who has been deemed as inventing product placement.

    Another event in the film that can be used as a lesson for business executives is the idea of bribery. Naylor goes and visits the Old Marlboro Man, who is dying from Lung Cancer. He brings a briefcase full of cash as a bribe to keep the man quiet. And once again by using his smooth talking skills, he tricks the old man into keeping all the money. This scene most certainly brings up the unethical practice of bribing others in the business world, and definitely should not be taken lightly.

    A later scene in the film shows that Naylor is kidnapped by extreme Americans that feel that he is promoting the use of cigarettes and causing countless deaths every year in the United States. After the kidnapping, the Academy of Tobacco studies want to use the kidnapping of Naylor as good publicity and to gain sympathy for them. This scene shows how often public figures and the press attempt to use events to their advantage to gain public sympathy and support for their cause. This is quite a common practice in politics, and can be viewed frequently today as the presidential race is currently taking place.

    Ultimately, Naylor uses his savvy speech to regain his position as the smooth-talking lobbyist and creatively clears the names of the fellow members of the MOD Squad, by stating that he had an affair with the reporter. After testifying for the Academy of Tobacco Studies he is offered his position back as a lobbyist but graciously declines the position as he has seen that the industry is at the verge of a change that is being driven by healthcare concerns of the American people. He opens his very own “Naylor Strategic Relations” company coaching others in the art of talking, meanwhile the Academy is dismantled proving that change is inevitable in industry and is driven by all sorts of things. Despite this films sometimes over-the-top antics, it offers some good insight into the ideas of industry analysis and drivers of change, along with ethical practices such as marketing to minors and bribery.

  2. Shailendu Shroff

    To learn here is that a businessman needs to keep his calm in all possible situations and portray himself as the best. There is no room to accept that what he is promoting is not superior to anything else. One must learn to break all ethics and moral issues (including social, governmental, etc). Only then can a business succeed in promoting itself as the most powerful business. Other lessons include bribery and lobbying which might not seem ethical in many countries, but are practices every corporation resorts to in order to safeguard their stance over competitors. It is essential that a businessman has lobbying skills – in other words persuasion, negotiation and being diplomatic in what one says and how he presents it. Though lobbying and bribery can be put as shrewd tactics, they are a medium to promote the company/industry and its product. Companies can also, at times go to extreme extents to obtain publicity, like leveraging on the kidnapping in the movie.

    Personally, I did not like the movie since it does not do well what it is supposed to do: speak against the necessary evils of society that sustain due to apathy of business. It could have been strategically changed to present a more impactful fate of the cigarette industry wherein there is penalty meted out to the wrong doers who promote the cigarette industry in the name of business existence.

    A nice outcome of the movie to be learnt is the techniques of communication, leverage, strategic thinking that Nick Naylor uses. He also is bold enough to refuse a ludicrous job seeing that his responsibility towards to his son and his ideal upbringing are more important than personal gain. Here we see a person’s true moral self.

  3. Chris Bellinzoni

    What I found interesting in this movie was the amount of government involvement in the affairs of corporations. More specifically, the way in which government involvement in this case was really nothing more than a means for the government to stay in the good graces of the people. Obviously it is the government’s responsibility to watch out for the interests of the people, but it wasn’t until the public actually started screaming about the health issues of cigarettes they any action was taken. I wonder if the government required this sort of public outcry before instituting seatbelt laws, or if common sense dictated the decision. Public sentiment undoubtedly is the driver of change in the cigarette industry, but the negative effects of cigarettes were known well before any government action was taken. Before the public cared about the negative aspects of the product, the government was more than happy to remain silent and collect corporate revenue taxes from the tobacco industry unabated.

    It was also interesting to note the drastic change in cigarettes’ place in popular culture from the early days of black and white movies to the present. At one point cigarettes were such a hip part of American culture that they were all over the popular landscape, practically selling themselves. But as the culture became more health conscious and cigarettes lost it’s footing in pop culture, the tobacco industry’s required activities greatly changed. When cigarettes no longer easily fulfilled peoples’ desire to be cool, new and ever more morally gray attempts were made by the industry.

  4. Anson (Tzu-Chuan Chiu)

    This comedy implies a waning tobacco industry. In order to maintain sales, cigarette companies consolidated together and hired political lobbyists to convince the politician and the public not to against tobacco industry. We can see in this movie, how cigarette companies pay the lobbyist Nick Naylor to distract the public from focusing on the negative impression and how they invest a lot of money launching a movie to show how cool smoking is. But if we carefully analyze why tobacco industry is falling down, one of the reasons must be the addiction of cigarette and the adverse effect caused by smoking. A lot of literatures indicate that taking overdose of nicotine will lead to lung cancer, not only to the smokers, but also to anyone who inhales excess secondhand smoke. People are risk-adverse. No matter how cool smoking is, people afraid of dying. I think this is why the industry is going to shrink.

  5. Thank you for smoking is a great movie showing some key aspects of business, lobbying, industry strategy, “spin”, and maintaining/building a public image. The movie is set a couple of years back when the people of the US began to realize, and react to, the health effects of smoking and the dangers they cause. The cigarette industry had successfully fought similar fronts in the 1950s (as mentioned in the movie), however they did not realize that the world had changed and with the amount of available information and additional research conducted that all they were doing was fighting the inevitable. This is where the cigarette manufacturers produce a key fault in strategy, they did not plan for this change and begin a slow change in company focus but decided for an all out battle.
    However their strategy in fighting this battle was well planed, they formed a research institute that would weaken health arguments, implemented new brand strategies (re-entering movie segments), and fought public image issues using Nick Naylor – sultan of spin.

  6. The main character of the movie is Nick Naylor, vice president and chief spokesman for Big Tobacco. His job as a lobbyist is to persuade and encourage the public to consume more in cigarette industry. From his job’s point of view, he is just doing what he should be doing on behalf of his corporation. Even though we all know that cigarettes are bad for people’s health, every company must be profitable to survive and progress. Despite the ethical fact that Nick tries to influence kids to try out cigarettes, he is clever in utilizing resources to the benefit of his company as a businessman. When Vermont State’s senator who wants to put poison labels on cigarette packs, Nick strives to rebut by making an impact and spinning away the cigarettes’ danger via media such as TV talk shows and Hollywood movie industry.

    As much as he wants to set up a role model for his young son, a kidnapping incident which almost killed him by injection of nicotine changed his perspective. He starts to rethink whether it is worth it to work for a tobacco company anymore. Nick realized that there is something more important in life than just being a lobbyist who tries to persuade people to smoke cigarettes that are known to be dangerous. However, he doesn’t seem to give any deeper consideration of ethical issues or suggested potential harms of products he is selling. After quitting the cigarette industry, he starts to controversially promote for cell phone usage among the public. As he said in the end, perhaps he just does talk for a living.

  7. After I watched this movie, I learned what is the crisis management. The main actor,Nick Naylor, really did a good job on crisis management. When the reporter exposed all the secrets regarding to him or everything he done for Big Tobacco, he was really upset and frustrated. However, he did not turn himself down instead of perking up. He turn all harmful situations to not be too serious. In this way, he can take all controlling power to his side. Also, after kidnapping by someone, he put all disadvantageous situation to positive reaction that everyone expected he would say nicotine is really harmful, but he turn himself into smoking did rescue him from death.
    Moreover, I think talking ability is really important in the business world. Once, you got a good talent in talking, people are easy to be convinced by you or you can present your product carefully and correctly. That is why in our MBA curricula there are so many opportunities to practice.
    All in all, this movie is kind of ironic to tobacco industry. What they are doing is just giving themselves an excuse to sell these tobaccos. Even though there are some studies to prove tobaccos are harmful to lung, they still tries to cover all negative results.

  8. Thank You for Smoking shows the adaptive strategies the cigarette industry is forced to take with changing social and political perception of the product. At a time when it is common knowledge that cigarettes kill, it is interesting to see, even while the movie is meant to be satirical, the humorous tactics the industry implements to try and move its product.

    This film shows that an industry’s business strategy must be adaptive to account for the times. While in the past the tobacco industry was responsible for the growth and development of the US, nowadays the nation has turned on the industry and as such they are continuously under the microscope being sued, legislated, taxed, and banned. Because the times are changing at such a fast pace, it becomes more and more crucial for the industry to come up with creative ways of selling their product which can encompass product placement in movies, intense lobbying, even anti-smoking campaigns.

    As taboo as the industry might be, those responsible for formulating the strategies for big tobacco, such as main character Nick Naylor, are at the top of their game constantly adapting to the changing uncontrollable factors of the market.

  9. This film was pretty entertaining, it certainly raised many ethical issues surrounding lobbyists and business practices that endanger lives. The line about the “smoking in space” in the film they are making says it all. But if we put the issue of ethics on the side line, we can examine the issue of what drives business. In this film, we have a mega corporation that creates a job, a job in which a man devotes his entire life to, that is geared toward allowing them to continue selling their product. The issue of ethics and national health can be seen as competition to the market which the corporation is trying to sell, and it is Nick Naylor’s job to deal with this competition. His weapon is his ability to spin situations that seem to directly contradict common sense. I have to admit that his speech to the children in his son’s class made sense. Had the product been something that was not so deadly, I could see anyone giving the same advice about figuring things out on your own. What is interesting about the job Naylor has is that it accomplishes two things. First it allows for the cigarette corporations to influence the weak minded and sell cigarettes. Perhaps more important however is that it gives those with a strong mind a target on which to manifest frustration and anger. In either situation, the cigarette company still goes about its business with little regard. Naylor knows he is hated, and accepts it. It is not his duty to make friends, its his duty to make sure the industry moves forward. So getting back to the quote that caught my attention about the movie, “wouldn’t it be problematic to smoke in space, in an oxygen rich environment?” “all it takes is one line of dialog…..isn’t it great we invented the such and such to allow us to smoke in space?” You can get around the problem by simply talking.
    Other keys to pick up on in this movie could be the way in which they target their segment of the market to build on a future base. Naylor says that if he can get one kid to start smoking then he pays his fight round-trip. The corporation employs a strategy to grow and sell to people based on the fact that cigarettes are cool, available, and addictive. This can be seen as their intended market, and the future market is brought in young through the use of movies and cartoons. So what keeps the industry moving is a sound strategy that Naylor plays an integral role in, in which they attract a market (because their existing market is short lived) and fend off competition, just as any other industry would do.

  10. The movie Thank you for Smoking shows us a good example of how businessmen “cheat” the public in order to stay in the business. The main character Nick Naylor, a lobbyist for the Big Tobaccos, is so good at “spinning” stories in favor of the tobacco companies that made him a legendary figure in the industry. I am really surprised to see the dirty games played between corporations and the government in a movie that is so humorously delivered. The beauty of the movie is that everyone in the movie is either a bad guy or hypocrite. Everyone is working for their own benefit and they could all throw away their moral and ethics for the “Mortgage”. Even the Senator who appears to be against cigarette smoking and wants to put an end to teenage smoking but actually is just another puppet supported by other industries.

    All the characters in the movie are vivid real life examples; we live around them all the time. The movie did a great job spotting them out and exposing their inside world to us and showed us how much they could push to the limit to just “do their job”. We look at them as jokes, but more importantly, I think the main purpose of this movie is to make us realize how ridiculous they are in order for us to better ourselves, avoid becoming one of them hypocrites. It is our job to be both mentally and ethically strong and do the right things.

  11. Kurt (Jun Guo)

    Thank You for Smoking is a great movie because it is full of witty arguments that people from all walks of life use to please their own needs. All kinds of businesses, nowadays, rely heavily on promotions. It is funny and kind of sad how people would do things against their moral and beliefs. It is such an irony that everyone in the movie, both from the business and from the government, works only for themselves and in order to persuade themselves to feel good about what they do, they come up with clumsy arguments and lies. Politicians, movie business people, the reporter, the Marlboro Man, as well as the MOD, everyone is a hypocrite who would, in a second, choose to do things that hurt others but benefit themselves. Like what it says in the movie “everyone needs to pay their mortgage”, in the vicious world where people would do anything to get another dollar, the movie is a great example of the real world and I hope deeply that my fellow MBA classmates will choose to do the right things and won’t become another hypocrite who only works for money and become another businessman like one of the laughable money-worshipping characters in Thank you for Smoking.

  12. Thank You for Smoking satirizes one of the most controversial industries in big business: the tobacco, or more specifically, the cigarette industry. The movie focuses on legislature that Nick Naylor (who is the primary voice in defense of the cigarette industry) must combat which is aiming to place a ‘poison’ symbol on all cigarette packaging. Whether or not Nick succeeds is secondary, as the central agenda in the movie is to point out a fundamental question associated with people involved in this type of big business: where should an individual’s moral compass lie when dealing with personal financial and economic progress?
    What I mean is that is it alright for an individual to support a product that is commonly known to be a poison if it acts to further their own stability and comfort level in life? There are two ways to view this issue, from inside the industry and from outside the industry. The leaders of the tobacco industry understand that their product is an addictive toxin, but they believe that with a warning on their packaging they have informed the public of the risks and potential health hazards that occur when partaking in cigarette smoking. They believe that in a free country, with a warning adequately placed on the product, they don’t hold the responsibility for what happens to individuals who undertake unhealthy activities, as it happens in all aspects of life from excess alcohol consumption to overeating. Ultimately, managers and workers in this industry are simply trying to make a living and this avenue is the best for them to succeed and they shouldn’t need to worry about the masses.
    Conversely, cigarettes serve strictly to addict users and cause severely damaging health effects from accelerated cough to lung and mouth cancer that are potentially and often deadly. Kids and adults get addicted alike, and a large portion of citizens believe that selling and advertising a product that causes such problems should be 100% outlawed. It’s a perfectly logical train of thought to believe that someone’s financial success should be valued after another person’s health, but regardless, the opinions will remain divided and the debate this movie highlights will be an ongoing one whether new legislation comes to pass or not.

  13. Zeta (Jiaxi Chen)

    The comedic film points out the drive of these corporate industries and the cost of their product”LIFE”, which is nothing more than a profit, but it also can express a metaphorical meaning of all companies that use human life to succeed in this competitive industry.(Sneaker, clothing, mechanical, etc…) Thank you for smoking uses satiric comedic acting to portray a serious issue about corporate industries and their god like abilities causing the audience to stray away from the lives that are being “sacrificed” to profit.
    The film does accomplish that through the treo, tobacco, guns and alcohol some what like the three stooges, which points out the association of the tree industries to lobbyist, they are all American necessities created by Advertisment, which is also pointed out in the scene where they are in a meeting and being target by the environmentalist nick begins to give stats on the progression of the big tobacco industry and when they began to develop he says “movies”.
    overall the satiric film did a great job in maintaining an entertaining feeling through the plot. Raising a son, dealing with values and as i mentioned previously the TREO LOL.

  14. This is by far a great “pick me up” movie. The main character Naylor defines himself as the guy who can talk his way out of any situation, and seems to do so in the movie. This type of attitude seems like a talent most people would wish for, and watching how Naylor accomplishes his miracle speeches can’t help but put a smile on one’s face. Of course this movie was written to deliver an aspect of humor and combined with the traditional motto of the good guy always winning, I can’t help but feel that Naylor is in a sense too perfect. It’s almost as if all of Naylor’s vocal spectacles were written and thought out beforehand, which I know is true as this is a movie, but it just does not feel natural. Naylor’s argumentative aspect of life encourages one to think outside the box in order to prove by disproving and when I look back on the film it becomes apparent to me that all of Naylor’s major “debates” are won by finding fault in the logic of his opposition rather than worrying about the validity of his own, a strategy that is proven true throughout the film.

  15. “Thank You for Smoking” gives perspective on the efforts of the tobacco industry to “stay in the game.” In the beginning of the movie it tells how revenues from tobacco sales had increased significantly from around the 1920s to the later 1900s. The increase in revenues was largely attributed to the coming of age of television/movies. However, as the movie proceeded it demonstrated that peoples’ awareness of the adverse effects of tobacco was increasing. It became Nick Naylor’s, a lobbyist for a tobacco company, job to find a way to keep tobacco a huge player. Basically, throughout the movie Nick Naylor tries to downplay the harmful effects of smoking and prevent a warning label from being placed on cigarette packs. His primary argument is that people should challenge authority and decide for themselves what is best for them. Nick employs tactics such as reverse psychology and manipulation to promote his cause. He describes to his son that he is able to execute his job duties because he possesses a characteristic he refers to as “moral flexibility.” The principle of moral flexibility is the justification Nick uses for why he (people) do things that they know are in essence wrong. It allows you to always be “right” (in your mind at least) and has deep ramifications for why a person acts unethically.

  16. This movie is definitely full of entertainment and edification. Nick Naylor has a glib tongue and always can bring a wise argument. I have to say he impressed me so much and I hope I could be so eloquently. However, having a glib tongue doesn’t mean that he was doing right. For the living and mortgage, he acted as a lobbyist for the Academy of Tobacco Studies and would have impact on tobacco industry. I would say he enjoys talking to win, but doesn’t care whether what he says is right or not, doesn’t care the bad effect on society and education. He started to think about not to be evil when he knew he was his son’s idol. Even people hated Nick, his son was always with him. Nick was aware that his influence had hurt something he really cared about. So he decided to spin the situation back to justness.

  17. Lindsay Burleson

    What amazes me most about the movie is the ease in which people are manipulated. This includes the public, Nick Neylor, medical profession, politicians, and even Joey Neylor. Each group or person is very easily influenced by the other and it is interesting to see how each party reacts to different situations.
    Nick’s job as a lobbyist for big tobacco is to smooth talk the American public into thinking they are lucky for having the choice on whether to smoke or not. It is easy to see how his influence spills over into the realm of parenthood. I do believe that he is a good father, but Pepper does have a little truth in her article, he seems to be grooming Joey to do his job. He doesn’t realize the power he has over his son.
    It is also interesting to see how Nick can be manipulated by the other realms mentioned above. Every time public opinion changes, or a media event occurs, Nick switches his stance on cigarettes, and the American people buy into it! His stories include
    1. There is no proven link between addiction and cigarettes
    2. Cigarettes saved my life
    3. Yes I believe cigarettes cause long term health effects.
    Every time there is a media stunt, he changes his position. I can’t seem to tell if this is crafty PR work, or if its a strategic decision. Nick is not the only one jumping through hoops. William H Macy’s character is also heavily influenced by Big Tobacco and all the media behind it. This is evident through his reaction to “Cancer Boy”. I find it amazing the lengths that these organization will go to to either stop or promote the industry. I find it even more amazing that the public easily buys into everything.

  18. Industry change is driven by a number of groups and factors. It is obvious based on this movie that any person or group can argue any point in a reasonably persuasive way, given the right spin and perspective. Nevertheless, it seems like at times the real driver of change has to be public outcry for or against something. Through grassroots efforts, everyday people can be persuaded to think a cetain way. From there someone in a position of influence and leadership can take up these ideas to those that can implement change, such as the government.

    This movie focuses on the idea of lobbyists, the middleman in my opinion. Naylor may appear to be arguing an evil point, promoting the benefits of smoking and sustaining an industry that generally harms people. Unfortunately, this demonstrates that there are always people that are willing to make decisions without the governing force of morality and convictions.

    By my measure, unethical business practices can be sustained by smooth talking lobbyists or changed through people of the same titles. It’s all a matter of your perspective. The most we can hope for is that people are motivated by morality more than money.

  19. Matthew Passero

    This movie clearly shows how drivers of change play a significant role in maintaining a business. In this case, the tobacco industry is being challenged to make changes due to the fact that people today are a lot more health conscious than when the industry first emerged. In this movie, people such as Nick Naylor are used to appease and manipulate the public and politicians by smooth-talking, deceptive practices, bribery, and unethical actions. Even though this was portrayed a little over the top at times and even humorous, this is certainly not a comical issue and is currently being used by many different businesses all over the world that care more about making money than running an honest and morally sound business.

  20. As I was watching the satirical film “Thank you for Smoking,” I was highly entertained. Later, when I was preparing to write my blog, I began to analyze the movie and the realty behind the film sank into my brain. This kind of plotting and scheming really does go on in corporate Big Tobacco offices everyday. People like Nick Naylor really do exist and have no qualms about marketing cigarette smoking propaganda and spinning lies to the American public.
    This film raises the question of ethics in certain corporate industries. While I am a big proponent of the first amendment, I cannot help but wonder where the line should be drawn. Is it wrong to market a product that is undoubtedly the cause of a plethora of serious health issues that often result in painful premature death?

    While the lines are blurry in regard to marketing hazardous products, I firmly believe that there are certain rules that are black and white in terms of product promotion. I think that companies should take responsibility for the negative results that come from using their product. I also believe that blatantly marketing products to children is wrong. Big tobacco has used characters such as Joe Camel in the past, to directly market to children and young teens the “cool factor” of smoking cigarettes. Children are naïve and unable to make well rounded decisions for themselves, they should be off limits to these companies.

    While Nick Naylor could never be considered a likable character, I lost any positive feelings I could have potentially had for him when he spoke about children and smoking. It boggles my mind how a father can say that children should make up their own mind about cigarettes. Especially when the father in question has access to more information than the general public about the dangers of smoking.

    On another note, I found the film is reminiscent of the Sunnyside of Truth anti-smoking campaign that produces commercials such as “Tough love is the Best Love,” “You Don’t Always Die from Tobacco,” and “Tiny Babies”

  21. Lauren Spielberg

    “Thank You For Smoking” showed what every company in a struggling industry would do, and even the industries that aren’t struggling. Top executives paid people off in order to keep quiet about dying from illnesses related to smoking. The funny part was at the end of the movie when Nick Naylor no longer worked for the tobacco industry, but worked for the cell phone industry and has to lobby that cell phones don’t cause cancer. Top executives also don’t care about the health of its consumers, just as long as their companies are making money. In the movie, the executives knew that their product was harmful, but Nick Naylor still continued to market the tobacco industry as not causing any damage to a consumer’s health. Nick Naylor also had the ability to persuade and change the thoughts of almost anyone who listened to him. This is how he had such a huge influence on the tobacco industry and trying to keep it successful.

    The movie portraying the tobacco industry dealt with the fact that people were becoming more health conscious and how to deal with these changes. The tobacco industry tried to remain ignorant to the changing environment but merely paying people off to keep quiet. Instead, the executives should have thought of other ways to make cigarettes less harmful or even products that were related to tobacco but healthier for the body. Overall, I thought the movie portrayed the tobacco industry well and may have even opened people’s eyes to what the industry is doing to its consumers.

  22. Thank You for Smoking shows how industry is constantly trying to persuade the general public to purchase their product. Nick Naylor, the movies protagonist, was a lobbyist for big tobacco. It was his job to defend the tobacco industry and push their products whenever possible. He effectively used argumentation to persuade the customers, government officials and the media that smoking was an acceptable activity to engage in. A scene from the movie shows how Naylor is able to convince a television audience that it was not big tobacco’s fault that a young boy had acquired cancer. Industries use people like Naylor as industry drivers of change. These lobbyists are dedicated to spin the facts in a way that would benefit their companies. The movie satirically portrays these lobbyists meeting for dinner and discussing how many customers their respective industries kill each year. Industry drivers of change are critical for businesses sustainability, but the public should be aware that there are people like Nick Naylor who will do anything to further the goals of their company.

  23. The movie is really interesting since for such a long time I’ve not seen an argument supporting for smoking in the novel way. The actor Nick works for the cigarette company. Though nowadays it is regarded politically incorrect to lobby for cigarette, he gives his own reason for doing that: control population. Everyone needs some reasons for supporting his actions in order to persuade himself or others. Mostly, the kind of argument is no need to be complete. It only asks to persuade ones at that moment. It is why Nick always works well. Just like what he says in the movie, if your argument is correct, you’ll never wrong. He makes living for compiling arguments that sounds so unbeatable. He once says, if you can do tobacco, you can do anything. Maybe because of the confidence, he constitutes the picture around him in his own imagination. That is probably why he is used by the female journalist.
    The movie reminds me of another one “Lord of War” which starred Nicolas Cage. Nicolas works for the international arm industry, which is also regarded politically incorrect. From the current society, the two guys could be seen “make a deal with devil”. Though both of the films are happy ending, the terrible experiences they had make them to start a total different thinking.

  24. Michael Buxbaum

    Thank You for Smoking is a highly entertaining satire that elucidates many important aspects of our society. My first observation relates to the power of speech and its ability to influence others. For example, Nick Naylor, a tobacco industry lobbyist, is able to use reverse logic to spin any argument to the point where it becomes both unrecognizable and utterly ridiculous. The film is littered with such examples that while seemingly factual and logical are utterly false.
    Another aspect of industry and corporations that this movie focuses on is the corporate obsession with the bottom line, money. The tobacco industry is exposed as the unethical heartless industry that cares little for its individual consumers, and the lengths that they will go to in order to maximize profits.
    Finally, Nick Naylor illustrates the intellectual laziness of American culture. He challenges his son’s class to think about what they are being told and what they accept as fact. He advocates a proactive stance towards both learning and life, which I found to be very refreshing having personally seen the crowd mentality many times, that many American’s unknowingly and seemingly uncaringly ascribe to.

  25. Nick Naylor loves his job and is really good at what he does. His face appears everywhere and it seems he is born to be a lobbyist and spokesman. He showed on TV shows and proclaims that “It’s in our best interests to keep Robin alive and smoking.” He also showed in his son’s classroom and asked a little girl “Is your mommy a doctor? No? Well then she’s not really a credible expert is she?” Every week he has dinner with the M.O.D. I laughed when I heard that they discussing about the statistics of which of these products kill the most people. That’s funny.

    The tobacco industry is not a common industry. Taxes are often heavily imposed on tobacco. The tobacco industry in the United States has suffered greatly since the mid-1990s, when it was successfully sued by several states. It resulted in a large cash settlement being paid by a group of tobacco companies to the states that sued. People argued the fact that half of all tobacco users die from tobacco-related causes worldwide. Tobacco advertising is becoming increasingly restricted around the world. I do like Nike’s point of view in the movie that people over 18 should think by themselves and have their own choice to see whether smoking or not, but I still believe the tobacco industry is going shrink. Since the perception of smoking has changed; rational people no longer think smoking as a cool thing.

    What I like Nick most is that he knows when to stop. At the end of the movie, he decides not to return as an example to his son.

  26. I like the sentence said in the movie. “You have to challenge authority”. Always keep to ask why is really important. I think it is significant for everyone to be an independent thinker. Thank You for Smoking let us know how enterprise works. No matter else, the prior object is to make money, even the product could have bad influence for people. When people become more health conscious, the cigarette company hires the lobbyist to cope with this situation. The movie raises the problem of ethics and that is a good issue to think about. Who says “it is wrong to sell a product which is “probably” harmful to the customers.” Is it right or wrong? Don’t forget we have to challenge authority.

  27. Jennifer Gilligan

    “Thank You for Smoking” raised many ethical issues. The first issue that came to mind was how some people will put aside their morals in order to make money. I found it interesting how Nick would have meetings with the woman who promoted drinking and the man who promoted gun use. When they would get together they would poke fun at how harmful each of their products was. They even went as far as to argue over whose product killed more people. These meetings showed how they knowingly promoted harmful products to the public. They did not care if they were ruining other people’s lives as long as they were making good money.

    Now looking specifically at the cigarette industry, we saw how driven they were to expand their market and sell as much product as possible. They used the strategy of getting young people to try smoking, have them become addicted, and therefore gain a customer for life. The main character Nick is a lobbyist who is extremely good at persuading people. Although, I was surprised at how gullible some of the people in the movie seemed to be. He tried to get people to try cigarettes by telling them to think for themselves and to challenge authority. What confuses me is he’s telling people to think for themselves and make their own decisions, yet by doing so they listen to him and take his advice. So in the end they are not thinking for themselves they are tricked into doing what he wants. I would like to think that most people are smarter than that.

    The second issue I came across in the movie was their use of bribery. Nick brought the Marlboro Man a case of money hoping that he would no longer bad mouth the cigarette industry. I think he should not have taken the money. By doing so he let the cigarette industry win. Plus what is the point of having a lot of money if you are not going to be living much longer? I think that all of those who have become sick from smoking should get together and promote a smoke free life style. I think actually seeing how tobacco can ruin your life can be very effective on young people.

  28. Daniel Pokidaylo

    “Thank You For Smoking” depicts how people can twist words in order to confuse people about how they perceive a certain topic. Nick Naylor did just that. In order to effectively do his job, he had to protect his industry from public humiliation and turmoil. The tobacco industry is clearly a result of several cancers, however, Nick Naylor consistently reiterated the fact that there was not enough information out there for the government to get involved and add a poison symbol on the cigarette boxes. Nick Naylor knew his job was not morally perfect, and even told his son that his job takes a “moral flexibility that goes beyond most people,” however, everyone has a mortgage to pay. The film is interesting because it portrays tobacco as being a large overbearing corporation, yet tries to insinuate that smoking is not bad for you. Senator Finistirre was trying to change the industry, but as long as there was inconclusive evidence, there could not be an ultimate change to the cigarette world.

    I enjoyed the movie; however, as a non-smoker I do not believe it changed my views on cigarette smoking. The industry has changed a lot in terms of advertising and warning labels on cigarettes, but I agree with Nick Naylor when he says that its up to the parents and teacher of children to warn people about the dangers, and if someone wanted to try a cigarette at 18, then it should be their choice.

  29. After watching this movie, I think Naylor actually did what he should do for his job. He, undoubtedly, specialized in lobbyist and worked great for his company. He even knows how to turn around the bad situation to positive point even though “tobacco is not accepted by society”. In the movie, the cigarette is one of the best examples. In addition, if we make use of this kind of approach to the business field, it definitely helps the company make profits, but we still need to considerate the moral issues. Consequently, we need to trade-off between making money or keeping ethical effects. What is more, I take a great lesson of how Naylor successfully achieved this difficult job whatever he used diverse outlets such as media or TV show. I also learned how lobbyist apply various kinds of “{strategies” to complete their tasks

  30. George DeVardo

    Thank You for Smoking is a movie about a lobbyist for the tobacco industry, but also speaks volumes about the real world and the position tobacco companies play in it. Nick Naylor is a lobbyist who is great at his job, with his quick respoonses and humorous quibs, he can make any person question their own beliefs no matter how strict their constitution.

    He is a very informed man and it shows that being prepared is very important strategically in his position because he can use facts and stats to his advantage when trying to sway peoples’ opinions. For example when he was arguing with the Senator of Vermont and associated their production of cheese with the countries stats on heart disease. It is a well done parody of the lobbyist profession and gives people some insite into how they think and plan to accomplish getting people to recive and accept their message.

  31. Anthony Olenik

    Freedom of speech is a constant driver for change, but it can also be an impediment. Talk show hosts and consumer advocates usually try to push truth to the forefront of politics. Some use more extreme means than others. The talk show that brought on three anti-smoking advocates and a “hopeless” boy with cancer had the intent of silencing the smoking representative, Nick Naylor, and scaring others away from a deadly habit. Those thinking Naylor was a more formidable threat attempted to ironically murder him with the drug he promoted, nicotine, via hundreds of nicotine patches.

    Nick Naylor spun the first amendment against those that considered cigarettes evil. He was Big Tobacco’s voice in America. It was a powerful voice that defended cigarette companies and attracted more users. Naylor took non-smokers’ anger on the talk show and turned it to his advantage. He acknowledged kids should not smoke and announced a $50 million anti-teen smoking campaign. All industry change attempts to shut down or label cigarettes as poison were vehemently resisted through Naylor. Even as Naylor faced death from nicotine patches, he put it in a positive light saying, smoking cigarettes saved his life. As much as Naylor fought to prolong Big Tobacco’s eventual downfall, he could not stop the catalysts for Big Tobacco’s defeat and better health for Americans.

  32. The comedy Thank You for Smoking, which is opposite to Thank you for not smoking, described some hidden rules of certain industries in a funny way.

    Although tobacco is harmful to people healthy, some people can never get rid of it and the industry itself needs development and growing profits. It is funny that we are addicting to something while we are well informed the drawbacks of it. If somebody gives the convincible facts that the things I addicted to is not harmful, if not saying good, I would be encouraged to keep it. Same things in the movie, Nick Naylor, a lobbyist, put great effort to convince the public that smoking is not harmful. He is good at it and came up with some ideas such as take advantage of the Hollywood movies. Just he stated, “I speak on behalf of cigarettes.” He is a good employee in terms of maximizing the benefit for tobacco industry; he is not ethically acceptable in terms of promoting the unhealthy tobacco as good product for people. Business people may learn from here, we could learn that you would better make customer to consume your product as a habit. It could be done by the influence of media which aimed at conveying the life style, taste and fashion rather than simply show the perfectness of products.

    Admittedly, the product of each industry has benefits and drawbacks. While business people focus on how to well acknowledge the high quality and benefits of its product, they often try to hide the drawbacks and even adjust it as no-harm at all. What I could learn here is that each industry has its distinctive traits. When carry out the business and enlarge the market shares, it should reinforce the core strength. For some product such as tobacco, it is hard to get rid of it once you start. So one of the top issues to companies in this industry is to bring in more customers and earn money from them for years, the maintenances of customer is not that important. Nick captured the industry distinctive feature and made industry analysis to lead the change. For companies in the other industries, the job on identifying the features and making strategy accordingly is also critical.

    However, the business should be done with certain level of professional ethic. You may want to show all of your impressive features while hiding the unsatisfying one, but you can never put bad to good or wrong to right. It was creative that Nick used the example of chocolate to convince kid that tobacco is innocent. Nick stated that, if it’s your job to be right then you’re never wrong. What he focused on when promoting the tobacco is the profit, which caught him in trouble later. Nick did great effort in opposite to his previous work later, which denied his previous work but put himself in a more meaningful job. A man with great ideas all the time could create huge fortune if use the talent right. The company could maximize the profit if it get clear picture of industry features and integrity the product to people’s life as taste and style.

  33. The 2006 satire Thank You for Smoking tells the story of Nick Naylor, the Vice President of and chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, a tobacco lobby. Nick has the difficult job of trying to convince people around the world that there is no link between the use of tobacco products and cancer. Much is revealed in the film about the intricate workings of lobbying and how a good debater, even when on the “wrong” side of an argument, can defeat his or her opponent. A very memorable scene was when Nick was describing his job to his son Joey and said that even when the facts are not in a debater’s favor, all he or she needs to do to win the argument is to prove that his or her opponent is wrong.

    Lobbyists can often have a tremendous influence on the laws and regulations that are passed by Congress. These laws and regulations not only affect the images of certain industries, but how profitable companies within certain industries become. In short, lobbyists like Nick Naylor are industry drivers of change. Lobbyists attempt to gain leverage in the political process in hopes of persuading politicians to pass legislation, which will give the companies they represent a competitive edge in the market. The use of this competitive strategy raises an important ethical question: should companies that manufacture and sell potentially harmful products (or any other for that matter) be allowed to have any say in the laws and regulations that are passed by Congress? My view is that politicians are elected to serve the masses and not the interests of companies; therefore, lobbying should be at a minimum. Nevertheless, I feel that if people want to use tobacco products that they have every right to and that the government should not stand in their way. Overall, Thank You for Smoking was a clever film, which poked fun at not only the tobacco industry, but at the U.S. government.

  34. Thank You for Smoking, as many people have described already, takes a satirical look at the interaction of businesses that engage in lobbying, government interactions in business, and overall “business politics.” The theme of changing strategy of a business, or an industry, is driven by success.

    Success of each person’s individual goals, or the goals of an industry, is what drives change. For example, Nick is driven by success, succeeding in his job, succeeding in his goals in life, succeeding in convincing people in whatever he wants to. The tobacco industry, as it is portrayed through a number of characters, is motivated by increasing sales, successfully marketing cigarettes, and avoiding the plaguing criticism of opponents. Senator Finisterre is motivated to persuade the public that smoking is bad, and indirectly, to gain public fame by pushing for legislation that restrict something that an overwhelming amount of people have problems with.

    When change is needed, change is part of that strategy, when manipulation is needed, rules are bent. All of these individuals are driven by one common theme, success.

  35. Thank You for Smoking is a film that dives into various ethical issues ranging from basic morals to bribery to manipulation. Although I certainly agree that cigarettes are harmful and that they can potentially kill you, I was able to pick up some business themes that could be applied elsewhere.

    The first is strategic planning. The tobacco companies knew exactly where they were being pressured and put together a strategy to combat allegations against them. The movie also presents great examples of product promotion, placement and advertising. Although cigarettes are addictive and “sell themselves,” the tobacco companies show ambition and skill in knowing who their customers are, targeting their segments, and ultimately selling their product. Another aspect touches upon the role that media and newspapers can have on businesses and an industry as a whole. Positive or negative media coverage can make or break firms and sometimes its not the truth that matters but the conveyance of perception to the public. Real life examples can be seen in fairly recent scandals involving Enron, WorldCom etc.

    The character of Nick Naylor also brings various business skills to light on a smaller level. Nick is almost the perfect businessman. He is great at talking to people, can improvise on the spot, is ambitious, motivated, persuasive and innovative. It’s a shame that he ended up as a lobbyist for the tobacco industry because he seems the have the necessary traits and personality to succeed in almost any business environment. In general, I thought the film was clever and witty and was riddled with business themes that stretch far beyond the issues of ethics and morality.

  36. “Thank You For Smoking” gave a great first-hand look inside the tobacco industry. The movie showed that cigarette companies have to be masters of image, spin and adaptation.

    Image is important when trying to sell their product. Nick Naylor looked to past success to come up with new promotions for cigarettes. His idea was to work with movie producers and create more opportunities for product placement using popular stars to help sell cigarettes. This is done to perpetuate the image that cigarettes are sexy and cool especially in space. The industry also financed teen anti-smoking advertising to improve their image and show the public that teens are not targeted customers.

    Nick was named the “Sultan of Spin” by Newsweek magazine. He explained how his philosophy of “flexible morals” relates to his job when talking with his son. Nick says that the goal of his arguments are to prove the other person wrong. He does this to lead the observers or the public to believe that he is right regardless of whether he convinces the person on the other side of the argument. Whenever Nick was asked a question, especially questions concerning health and cigarettes, he would never directly answer it. He always spun the question on to something else which usually brought the decisions of the other person in the argument into question. Naylor was quick on his feet and could counter or misdirect anything.

    Lastly, the tobacco industry was great at adapting. Numerous regulation laws were passed against them and they found ways to go around those regulations and continue advertising. The industry even created their own research organization called “The Tobacco Institute” which was parodied in the movie as “The Academy of Tobacco Studies.” This was created when public sentiment was focused on the negative health effects of tobacco. The industry will continue to evolve as long as profit still exists.

  37. The movie “Thank You For Smoking” showed how a company, or entire industry, must change and adapt quickly to external forces and different competitors. It is interesting that after the regulation is passed, for health warnings on cigarettes, the whole competitive landscape changed. Before the health issue was proven and mandatory to have warnings, the rivalry among competitors was based on gaining customers at a young age to gain brand loyalty early. However, after the big health issue came about it, all of the tobacco companies seemed to band together to attempt to ‘save face.’ The competitive landscape changed from individual companies focus on brand loyalty, to a segregated market of smokers versus non-smokers. The tobacco industry not only had a rivalry among direct competitors, but to all anti-smoking organizations and individuals.

    The movie shows that a company must adapt quickly to any type of change in the industry. In the movie, Nick was focused on finding a way to make smoking seem ‘cool’ again while seeming like they were actively trying to inform kids of the dangers of smoking. From a pure business perspective I believe Nick did a great job of understanding and communicating the issue, weighing alternatives, and making people believe in his vision. Ethics definitely puts this situation into a whole different perspective, one that businesses must weigh their values against their financial success. Overall, the movie shows how a company’s strategy must be flexible and management has to be ready to adapt to change quickly.

  38. Well Thank you for smoking is really an entertaining movie. Nick Naylor played a great role in this movie. He actually did what an employee is supposed to do at his job. Even I agree that cigarette is really injurious to health but as shown in the movie Naylor had the ability to turn bad situations into his favor even after knowing the fact that cigarette is not accepted by the society. This movie shows various ethical issues from basic morals of bribery to manipulation.

    Naylor also realized that kids should not smoke and declared a anti teen smoking campaign involving an expense of 50 million in the talk show. Even after nearly facing death, he put it in front of the public as cigarettes are his life savior. But in the end he couldn’t stop himself from quitting the job and tobacco industry defeat.

  39. Thank you for not smoking is a movie which makes you think “what is more important money or ethics?” I could see a couple of ethical issues in the movie such as promoting harmful products (cigarettes) to youngsters and bribery to stop educating people about the harmful effects of smoking. Nick Naylor is shown to be a very persuasive man who absolutely loves to win arguments and be a good spokesman. The best part about Nick’s personality is that he let’s the audience realize the power of words and how it can be used to sell something as harmful as cigarettes to people.

    A nice movie which educates about the challenges faced by the tobacco industry.

  40. Jeff Wolniewicz

    Thank You For Smoking was a very well made movie that provided an interesting look at the tobacco industry and into American politics. Nick Naylor, putting ethical issues to the side, was extremely good at his job. He was well prepared, intelligent, and quick witted. All of these qualities made him a successful lobbyist for the tobacco industry. He seemingly could convince almost anyone to get behind him and his causes. He was certainly unethical, he knew that smoking killed people, but he was a master of spin and thats what made him good at his job. The movie offered great insight into just how powerful big corporations can be and how much influence they can have on politics and policy.

    The movie also showed how companies must be prepared and ready to act on change. External factors are sometimes outside the control of the corporation. In this movie, the external environment for the tobacco industry was changing dramatically despite the best efforts of Naylor. Government regulation was changing the way that tobacco companies had to market cigarettes. Cigarettes had always been marketed to be the cool thing to do, and advertising was targeted to achieve brand loyalty at a young age. New legislation made this type of targeting illegal for tobacco companies. Tobacco companies would have to adapt rapidly to changing industry conditions in order to remain profitable under the new laws. Thank You For Smoking was very entertaining and offered a great look at politics and how dramatically and quickly industries can change.

  41. Thank you for smoking highlights the best and the worst parts of the American business-government relationship. Nick Naylor, a savvy lobbyist for conglomerated big tobacco, sleeps, eats and breaths by his motto of: ‘you can never be wrong as long as you argue properly’. In TYFS our lobbyist-hero continually weasels his (tobacco’s) way out of tight spots. Situations arise that seem to be ready to take down one of the largest business conglomerates in the world, including: a rogue senator with an ax to grind, a general increase in government involvement in private business affairs and increasing awareness of health risks possibly pertaining to smoking. This to me points perfectly to two of the main movers of public industry: government and the public. This film shows just how aggressively government is willing to go after a poor defenseless business, that’s just trying to make an honest living. As Nick Naylor says during a senate investigation: ‘why put a sticker on the package telling people what they already know?’ This struck home for me, as I doubt there is anyone out there who does not know cigarettes are dangerous. In fact, as a former kid myself, I believe many kids would find the new skull and crossbones to be funny or cool, and this would simply result in new nicknames for cigarettes: perhaps bones, or skulls, or maybe even the return of the term ‘cancer stick’ – but wait – I can see ‘pirate smokes’ really catching on. Senators are not stupid, and know that something like this is just a publicity stunt for the next election. Senator Finistirre of Vermont very clearly is leading an anti big-business campaign because he hates small farmers who are truly the soul of the tobacco industry.

    My rant has taken me far off-course and I must return. Perhaps the most interesting part of this film is big-tobacco’s response to these industry movers. They simply mobilize their big thinkers, and return to old tried and true habits – movie endorsements, bribes, and sweet-talking. The fact that the industry had to react quickly to stay alive is important, by highlighting how important public perception is. Moral of the story is: keep arguing. This message was endorsed by Nick Naylor for Vermont Senate 2012

  42. Really liked the line about “I have a mortgage to pay” being the Yuppie’s Nuremberg defense. I’m also a big fan of Naylor’s personal responsbility credo when he testifies before Congress.

    About the movie: we’re supposed to write about ethics, right? No? Industry drivers of change, then. The tobacco industry has been under assault for over a half century now, so I was surprised to learn Altria is not more diversified in its offerings. They spun off Kraft, and are part owners of SAB MIller. In the US smoking has declined precipitously, due to better education and awareness.

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    Still, tobacco has done well to adapt to changing conditions. Of course, their lobbying expenses are quite high. And while smoking rates have decline in the West, they are rising in the developing world. An international shift, especially to China, has helped big tobacco.

  43. Toward various industries, companies have different strategic business models, which contain several operational approaches. Before implementing strategies or operations, one should observe the trend and traits of environment and execute the appropriate methods to accomplish the mission or the goal. Nick, who is the confident and outstanding lobbyist representing for cigarette firms in Washington DC, is well familiar with how to convince people, especially youth men, of harmless for health. The best way to persuade the youth to purchase cigarette was building the image of style. Youth people like to pretend more mature than they actually are. Although Nick confessed smoking may cause serious diseases or cancers later in the hearing, he knew how to attract people’s attention. Also, the segment that tobacco companies targeted at was youth people, who are protected by law and parents, so he knew how to create public consciousness that benefited those companies against the legislature. To analyze the industries, companies should understand what are their opportunities, strengths, and weaknesses. Once companies employ the proper strategy throughout the industries, they could be profitable.

  44. Thank You for Smoking provided several insights into modern business ethics as well as dealing with an evolving marketplace. The protagonist, Nick Naylor, is a professional lobbyist for Big Tobacco and he is so good at his job that he has been dubbed the “sultan of spin.” Throughout the story Nick tackles several hardships involving moral dilemmas as well as harsh and critical legislation.

    I thought that this movie was full of moral goodies. The most obvious being a positive voice for tobacco. It really does take a certain character to defend cigarettes in the wake of overwhelming evidence that the product basically kills you. However, everything he said was within the bounds of the law and I don’t think you can argue with the fact that he is good, nay, great at his job. My other favorite moral dilemma involved paying off the old Marlboro man. This really isn’t what Nick was hired to do but the “big man” obviously knew that Nick was talented with his mouth and could talk this potential threat down with the help of money. I just thought it was interesting because this man is actually suffering from the negative side effects of tobacco and Nick is trying to shut him up with a suitcase full of cash. Deep down, Nick knows that cigarettes are killing this man and he knows that his boss is bribing him and moreover, he knows its wrong but his loyalty to Big Tobacco, pretty much throughout the whole plot, is staunch.

    I also found it interesting how Nick and his co-workers began brainstorming in the wake of changing market conditions. Teen smoking is down, taxes are higher and regulators are up Tobacco’s backside. They know that you can’t advertise cigarettes on TV, you can’t show people smoking in print and you can’t use cartoons to appeal to the masses anymore. So, where did they go from here? You get two of the biggest movie stars on the planet to promote smoking throughout a new film, by paying them off, and not only that you extend the “brand” of the movie with a new cigarette launch that has the same name as the movie. I just found this fascinating and somewhat unrealistic because there has been a huge movement to cut down on smoking in film and I think the media would catch on to the actors smoking in the film and the new cigarette launch. So, it would probably never happen.

  45. “Thank you for smoking” depicted the tobacco industry in the satiric ways. The lobbyist, Nick Taylor, exploit his ability in debating to express his moral flexibility in smoking and try to convince the public that the smoking is not the only factor to cause cancers or illness. However, the conflict in his innermost belief and his controversial job struggled and eventually he kept his faith and choose what he thinks is correct and benefit people. I would say before he gave up his job, what his argument to support tobacco industry is specious. Just like the examples used in the movie about the lawyers’ doing. What they do is not necessary to stand in favor to the justice and the truth, but to the self-interests. At last, the director described the story by means of choosing to believe the bright side of humanity as an ending.

    However, the tobacco war is still under way. Despite the cancer warning on the cigarette case and medical reports, the tobacco industry still prospers, just like certain people still wear fur coats as a decoration. It is all about what belief people hold.

  46. I think most of the class has missed the boat on what we were supposed to talk about for this movie. We are supposed to blog about drivers of change. In case you did not actually watch the movie, Nick Naylor was the exact opposite of change. In fact, he wanted to change as little as possible. It was Nick Naylor who tried to prevent the new warning on cigarette labels. He even went so far as to ‘bribe’ the retired Marlboro Man! The driver of change in this movie was the senator (even though they made him look like a fool). He was the one that was pushing for the new label attempting to prevent teen smoking.

    “Thank You for Smoking” is a great example of how lobbying hinders change, by using charismatic people and lots of money to distort peoples views. Can anyone provide me a reason we need lobbyist?

    I can think of a perfect example of why we do not need lobbyist. The Big 3 US automakers spend millions keeping government officials on their side and to prevent anything that would hurt their bottom line. This is exhibited in the movie Tucker. In the 80s, they lobbied to prevent fuel-efficient Japanese cars from entering the American market. Even today, the Big 3 pushes for relaxed government standards on EPA fuel efficiency. Nevertheless, it is not just the American Auto industry; many other industries push our representatives in government to help their individual cause, rarely does this help the American people.

  47. Venkata S Mudunuru

    This movie is about a person Nick Naylor, who does what he does because he’s got a mortgage to pay, and he is damn good at what he does, namely arguing any position he is assigned to promote, let it be tobacco, cell phone usage or whatever. Also, this movie reflects the Corporate America in a cute little satire about the double-talking lobbyists who spin everything in their favor. It exposes the double standards that can be found on both sides of the aisle. After all, the senator from Vermont is eager to stamp out smoking, but then turns around to promote the state’s cheese. This movie definitely raises a lot of questions on ethical dilemmas in real business world where you are there to make profits and grow but at what cost and for whom is the parameter that one has to weigh.

    As simply a movie to watch it is a lot of fun, mostly because of Nick’s talent and especially I liked the nice relationship and the scenes between Nick and his son, Joey, even as Nick has to explain to his son why he does, what he does and teaches him that it’s all about winning.

  48. Aside from the ethical implications of supporting Tobacco, Nick Naylor is a quintessential example of how a successful business should be run. He is creative, innovative, fully aware of his surroundings/competition and internal capabilities, capitalizes on his strengths, takes advantage of others’ weaknesses, is able to motivate the people he encounters, is consistent in his message, and can bounce back from mistakes. He is definitely not a complacent person; he takes initiative and uses his flexibility to adapt to whatever situation he is put into. No matter how bad a situation gets, like his near death experience, Nick Naylor still stays positive and recognizes opportunities. His positivity bounces back to the people around him, such as a leader should never show signs of defeat or weakness to his company. Lastly, he also knows when to “hold’em and when to fold’em.” At the end of the movie, he recognizes that there are better opportunities for him in creating his own consulting business rather than to defend the staggering Tobacco market.

  49. Edward Centofante

    While Thank You For Smoking was a humorous and enjoyable movie, the scope of this assignment was cigarette industry analysis. The movie takes focuses on the time period when health-focused groups have begun a concentrated effort to lobby congress in order to hurt the cigarette industry. Politicians, sensing an easy enemy to attack to gain publicity, pile on the anti-tobacco bandwagon and it’s up to the executives in a cigarette conglomerate to fight back.

    “Cigarettes are cool, available, and addictive. The job is almost done for us.” Yet despite this, cigarette sales were plummeting. Information linking smoking to health problems, coupled with teen smoking being seen as a major social ill, was beginning to hurt the cigarette industry. To craft a new strategy, Nick Nayler analyzed where they were, where they had come from, and where they were going. “In 1910 the US was producing 10 billion cigarettes a year. In 1930 we were up to 123 billion.” He then identified the 3 market forces that influenced consumers to smoke: World War I, dieting, and movies. His plan for saving the industry was to get cigarettes back into the minds of consumers in a positive light, by using product placement in movies.

    While pursuing his product placement goal, Nick Nayler waged a constant PR war to save the cigarette industry’s brand image against an onslaught of attacks from medical groups, senators, and even school children. In the end, however, he knew when to get out.

  50. Thank you for smoking is a take on the Washington lobbyist world by exposing it in an entertaining way. The movie revolves around Nick Naylor the main character that plays the role of a `perfect’ lobbyist.

    This movie gives us a glimpse of the industry working and the insider view of a lobbyist. It also exposes to other grey areas of this industry such as politics, bribery and unethical issues. Definitely Nick comes across as a smart lobbyist who knows how to spin things around and holds an important position which entails a lot of risk. Nick reports to BR his boss and as shown BR though a strong person is unethical in a certain way. He steals Nick’s idea of Hollywood production and shares it with Captain for his own stature. Also Captain himself makes Nick bribe Lorne Lutch the Marlboro man, to curb him down speaking with media against them. Bribery and unethical issues come across clearly within the top management and the industry he works for. On the other hand Heather Holloway comes across as unethical reporter too; she gets secrets out from Nick from their affair. Nick is always pressured from Senator Finistirre – who is their biggest threat as he plans to introduce the symbol of skull in all cigarette packs denoting it as poison, which would invariably run against the promoters of smoking. Further looking deeper into the industry where Nick works, the Academy of Tobacco Studies, is financially supported by the Conglomerates who primarily comprise of the cigarette companies and hence they indirectly play a major role in promoting smoking. Besides the different facets of this industry you also see Nick being kidnapped by some thugs which adds to the riskiness of this business. In all the industry works around no real rules and has many grey areas of functioning.

    There are basically 2 industry drivers of change in the movie. Nick believes Hollywood movies can re-create the concept of smoking cigarette as a cool and desirable product in the consumers mind. Hence for him the driver of change is creating an image through Hollywood movies. On the other hand for the Senator, the industry driver is the skull symbol which he believes if put on all cigarette packs would curb smoking.

    Overall the movie is entertaining and gives us the story from a lobbyist point of view. It also hones on to the fact that if you can argue correctly, you can never be wrong irrespective of it being unethical.

  51. Thank You For Smoking reveals the dark side of business; although the director depicted it in a funny way with ridiculous dialogue, still, the movie hits the point so straightforwardly that a business could do whatever it takes to make the profit grow.
    In this movie, these cigarette companies must have a very clear strategic vision which is to keep the tobacco industry growing so they use any kind of strategy to make sure this objective can be reached. So, they hired Nick Naylor who might be the most successful lobbyist to work for them. He did a great job distracting people’s concern about the health problem caused by smoking cigarette. Moreover, they bribed the old Marlboro guy who is suffering from cancer. Furthermore, they also wanted to insert the product into the movie trying to create a image that smoking is cool and targeting at those people who blindly follow the information they got from the big screen.
    So the businesses basically can do anything to approach the objectives they set without caring about moral issue. How cool is that?

  52. Thank you for smoking is a movie about the life and inside facts of a lobbyist. Also, it covers lots of conflicts of interest in cigarette industry. How to distribute and grasp benefits of amongst politics and business? This is what the main character, Nick Naylor, is doing in the film, the middle man between government and the big tobacco company. This black comedy reveals how to twist tremendous commercial benefits by sacrificing numerous public benefits. We are all in the generation which could receive information easily. One single misinform might be generate tons of money by lobbyists. Furthermore, all these incremental advantages created by misinformation are coveting by lobbyists and corporations. When soaking this environment, it is easy to lose your mind to tell right from wrong. Nick Naylor found what he truly want in the end of movie, however; it is tough for people to find their really needs in reality.

  53. A lobbyist who is supposed to who is supposed to influence the thinking of public officials for or against a cause is a talent vested upon very few people and in the movie Nick Naylor is believed to be the best in it. He was the key person of driving the tobacco industry. Yes whether he should have promoted Cigarettes was right or wrong is a complete different moral issue but his job was to do and his promotion depended on how he performs like any other job. After all all businesses are profit orientated and tobacco industry is no exception. Industry drivers are supposed to drive the industry towards profits and Nick Naylor could convince anyone to smoke. The movie raises many ethical issues but I think we can keep them aside and see the art of convincing. I really liked the way Nick said that in an argument even if he doesn’t prove he is right but proves his opponent is wrong he wins. I believe that it is passion, power of convincing, and the ability to speak up are the talents that definitely drive the industry to achieve its strategic objectives.

  54. Chin-Hsiang Lin

    “Thank You for Smoking” is a movie which provides issues about ethics between business and truth. Nick Naylor is great at his job for persuading people. I appreciate that he is always being informed and doing his job so well. No matter how the truth is right or wrong, he defends himself successfully in the debate. Someone might think he make a conquest of the tough job, while I would like to say he conquers himself. There are outstanding characters of him to be victorious person. How commendable is he switches his attitude toward the tobacco industry in the end. Maybe he will be judged harshly by people as his doing is bad in the beginning of the film, but anyhow I like this role, especially his character so much.

  55. Michael Warren

    This movie demonstrated how an industry tries non-stop to push their product onto the public. The main character in this movie was a tobacco lobbyist named Nick Naylor. Nick was a good business man. He is able to persuade people, thinking on the spot, and motivated. He was able to convince people that smoking was acceptable and not dangers so that they would buy cigarettes. This is a common thing that can be seen in industries. They manipulate the truths about their product so that they can sell their product and make large amounts of money. When Nick almost died from nicotine patches, he spun the facts that cigarettes saved his life due to his tolerance of nicotine from working in the industry. At the end of the movie, Nick begins to be a lobbyist for the cell phone company.

  56. “Thank You For Smoking” is an excellent satire portraying the life of a Big Tobacco lobbyist. Nick Naylor, the Vice President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies, goes anywhere and does anything to promote smoking. As a leader, Nick Naylor certainly possesses the skills needed to get the job done. He is good-looking, charismatic, and an excellent orator which really helps when you’re defending a product that kills millions of people. When you are in charge of convincing people that your product which is known to kill so many really isn’t that bad, you have to be amazing at what you do.
    This film brought to light a lot of things that people do not really consider about big business. As a cigarette smoker, this movie had particular interest to me. I had never really considered the ways that the cigarette companies had gotten me to continue smoking over the years. Yes they are addictive, but it’s more than that. It’s seeing cigarettes in movies and television, as well as the over-sized displays at every single gas station. I don’t blame Big Tobacco at all, but thanks to people like Nick Naylor it seems quitting is going to continue getting harder and harder.
    The lessons in leadership this movie brought to light is do not give up; come up with a new game plan if you have to. When a reporter brings to light many horrible things Nick has said and done, he responds and has an amazing comeback. Part of being a good leader is adaptation and thinking outside of the box. Nick proves that he has these abilities and truly shows what being a Big Tobacco lobbyist is all about.

  57. Chiao-Yin Chang

    After watching the movie”Thank You for Smoking” , I am very impressed with the actor’s eloquence. In his world, he could turn the wrong to be right thing. You don’t have to prove your opinion is right. As long as proof of opponent’s views is wrong, debate can win.
    I think that such an eloquence and negotiation skills are very important in the business world. How to express your views with brilliant way to convince others to adopt your idea on critical moment is the match point. Further, try to figure out what is the flaw of opponent’s view, then attack the enemy to reverse the situation. However, he eventually lost his job due to a beautiful journalist who reported every secret they shared to each other.
    It is very clear that even you have the talent to persuade people all the time, if you could not keep the secret, you would be in a trouble. Fortunately, he didn’t lose himself too long. He revived inferior position and got his job back. It is just like the ups and downs of life. We have to face difficulties, rather than to evade. We should resolve problems instead of thinking that the world abandons us. Never give up till the end like the actor do.

  58. Shih-Ching Wang

    Several decades ago, smoking was a cool and prevalent attribute. However, it becomes a kind of poison recently, and not only for secondhand smokers, but also for the smokers themselves. Because paying more attention to health, people begin to think that smoking is hazardous, especially for teenagers. Then, they decide to resist the cigarette industry, not for themselves, but for their children. This is a significant industry driver of change and really strikes against the cigarettes industry. In this movie, we can see Nick Naylor, a lobbyist working for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, uses some debate tricks to reverse cigarettes from an inferior position. We don’t know whether Nick understands the situation of cigarette industry facing or not, but he moves the focus of attacking the cigarettes successfully.

    Actually, we probably meet the same problem as Nick, the industry drivers of change, in our future career. But we are not lobbyists, and maybe not good at argument, what can we do? First, we have to understand the industry very well, which not only means at present, but also in the future. Thus, the correct and prompt industry analysis is very important for companies. Only when grasping the tendency towards the industry, you can set proper strategies to make the company successful.

  59. Thank you for smoking does a great job at showing that a compelling argument trumps the right position in the world of public relations. Nick Taylor has the challenging job of making a company look good while they are selling a product that kills people. Ethically I see nothing wrong with what he does in the movie. The information about smoking is public knowledge and it is the consumers free choice that allows them to participate as consumers of cigarettes. All Nick is guilty of is being naive. All of his arguments are will thought out and very convincing leading me to think that if he can convince people that cigarettes are not bad then it is possible to convince any investor that a business plan is sound. It gives me more confidence that anything can happen in the business world.

  60. Thank you for smoking is a very entertaining, easy to follow movie. It showed a great example of business strategy, and vision. Tobacco industy had a vision, which was to target every kid, and have them smoke one day. Although unethical, they have painted the picture pretty good for their industry. The movie also made fun of some corruptness in the government, industries and top management.
    Tobacco industry hired Nick Naylor as their lobbyist, and he did a great job defending the industry and help them on their march towards their strategic plan. He seemed to be ready to argue against any opposed thoughts on smoking. He knew the industry very well and he tried alot of different strategies to achive the goal, such as having a Hollywood movie which actors would smoke in it. At the end, he lost the battle against himself as he couldn’t take the immoral, unethical job that he was doing.

  61. Larysa Karasev

    Let’s be honest: this is a very good movie. There is a tough job that has to be done out there and you can always count on such “flexible ” guy who will do it and will be proud of himself. I like the way our hero does his job – he is dedicated, passionate, and goal-oriented. His arguments always win, his mind is always seeking next step in getting closer to his goal. But even this fellow has weakness – in this case he assumed that only he can use people to “pay mortgage” and eventually figured out that he can be used in the same matter! Katy Holmes did a great job – she has her own mortgage too. I think that we have to learn from this movie – we can’t be just customers, we have to have dignity, strength and ability to contradict these public-relation/marketing gurus and find ways to beat them with their own arms. You ask me how to do it – I do not know now, but I’ll think and find. I have two kids – I have to find answers or help someone to find them in this never-ending war for profit/life.

  62. The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor who is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies is a really talented speaker and defends the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. It was impressive to see his arguments and the confidence he presented it with. Even though the task seems daunting and impossible he tries to achieve it with flair and smoothness. What I loved about the movie was the satire it so eloquently presented. I felt the movie was targeted equally to show the hazards of tobacco and lobbying along with advertising which makes many hazardous substances sellable to the people.
    There are different cases shown in the movie which may deal with all businesses in general. There are issues about unethical ways of doing business, bribery, false marketing and using un related situations to your advantage.
    I was most fascinated by the fact how Nick Naylor managed the situation when he was exposed. Besides the irony I feel there are a lot of things we can learn by observing the character of Nick Naylor.

  63. It gave young adult an image that smoking was cool while Hollywood movie stars started smoking in films. When more and more teenagers addicted to cigarettes, parents and government began to aware that they should do something to halt this extensive smoking trend among the young. Therefore, many health policies were brought up, targeted at cigarette industry, and set to drive change in the industry.

    The movie “Thank you for smoking” shows how a driver can change an industry in different ways. In the film, the Big Tobacco faced with a bill to add skull and crossbones to all cigarette packing. The way Nick dealt with the situation was to get actors in films to star smoking on screen again as in the old days. In order to stay in business, Big Tobacco struck out a marketing tactic to cope with the anti-smoking movement.

    “Drivers” may change an industry in ways whereby trends that appear to be well-entrenched turn out to be slow, reverse, or move in new directions. Therefore, by considering how “drivers” may evolve and interact, industries must have a better understanding of the dynamics of change, and the range of possible developments.

  64. A comedic take on the corruption of corporate tobacco, “Thank You For Smoking” posits the merits of irrelevant preparedness and strategic arguing to circumvent any opposing point of view. Corruption and profits go hand in hand, along with the industry’s façade of denial.
    Nick Naylor’s “If you argue correctly, you’re never wrong”-strategic speaking is an ingenious strategy employed by the cigarette industry to placate people, via irrelevancy (note the chocolate vs. vanilla debate between father and son), and thus maintain the pretense that cigarettes are not directly linked to lung cancer, emphysema, or any other clearly-related-to-smoking illness.
    Alternatively, even the white knights use strategy to sway the public. The Senator of Vermont slays his aid for not choosing a “pathetic” enough “cancer boy” for the public to pity and side with. Naylor’s high-five to the “cancer boy,” and the boy’s reciprocation, creates an image of camaraderie between the cigarette industry and its victims; something almost delectable in its irony.
    From a group called “Merchants of Death” to bribery of the Marlboro Man to kidnapping, the movie paints an image of the industry as putrid as cancerous lungs, although facetiously; how insensitive.
    In the end, I’m forced to ask: Are business men and women doomed to roles of villainy for chasing profits?

  65. The movie demonstrated a range of subject lines that depicture crossroads of different ways of doing business.
    On one hand we have Nick Taylor, a very talented representative of his industry, who is very gifted at lobbying, persuading people, finding arguments to defend and promote almost any aspect that would be favorable to his employer. All these aspects are a good example for viewers who need to master their business skills as these capacities would sound like best practices for a model employee deserving all possible respects. The only nuance is that Nick works for one of the most harmful industries, which is Tobacco.

    One could think that for a typical Hollywood movie he should be the evil guy that should be overthrown at the end. However, on the other hand, we have a range of other characters that want to damage the evil Tobacco industry. Fundamentally, this is an action that everyone should agree with and support. Nevertheless, approaches used to obtain secret and sensitive information to defeat the Tobacco industry are very questionable. Would anyone fighting for the good case be allowed to do immoral acts to achieve the goal?

    Another important issue is the necessity to show belief in the best qualities of another person. When Nick, defeated be the betrayal, get laid off, abandoned by his friends, gets to the bottom of life, his sun talks to him and sends him a message of belief that he still beliefs in his father, thus giving Nick a tremendous boost of moral support that helps him to stand up and revive.

  66. Overall, I felt that this film went a little bit overboard in portraying the behind-the-scenes actions of tobacco industry lobbyists. Although I am very confident that underhanded and ethically questionable actions are taken by various corporate representatives on a daily basis, I have a difficult time accepting the supposition that people with a mindset such as My. Naylor actually exist in any large number in the real world. I personally found Mr. Naylor to be an extremely revolting character through most of the storyline, and his actions were most definitely unethical. Setting aside the whole debate regarding governmental interference in the corporate world, I think that the actions of the tobacco lobbyists in the movie were generally unethical not due to the fact that they were promoting a product that kills, but rather because they blatantly lied on a quite regular basis. The worldview espoused by the lobbyists, including Mr. Naylor, is utterly relativist and devoid of any actual moral fiber. I think that the portrayal of this worldview underscores the value and necessity of ethics training in business education. Obviously, if one does not possess a sound code of ethics on a personal level, it is necessary for one to be instructed as to what is acceptable in the corporate environment and what is not.

  67. Philip Pellegrino

    “Thank You For Smoking” portrayed old businesses trying to continuously grow and sell their products in a changing world. The alcohol, firearm, and of course tobacco industries have been around for a very long time. They have survived many changes in laws, regulations, and consumer awareness. They have done this by changing strategy when necessary.

    In the movie, the tobacco industry is faced with a problem. Youth smoking was declining because of the campaign about the harmful effects of cigarettes. Nick Naylor’s idea on how to fix this was to get back to the core of how cigarettes became so popular. Movie stars smoking has probably sold more cigarettes than any other type of advertising, and Naylor wanted to get back to that.

    The tobacco was also faced with the problem of governmental interference. The government was discussing the idea of putting the poison symbol (skull and crossbones) on every pack of cigarettes to inform the public of the harmful effects of smoking. It seemed that, for a long time, the tobacco companies would just claim ignorance about the harmful effects and say that no scientific evidence has been found to prove cigarettes are dangerous. Naylor changed that strategy when he testified in front of congress. He agreed that cigarettes were harmful. However, he said that people should have the right to choose and that the government should not interfere.

    These two strategy changes are good examples of how external factors effect a company’s strategy. The market changed, the tobacco companies had to react to that. The government tried to step in, the companies had to react to that as well. Strategy has to be well formulated and flexible, and this movie showed why the tobacco companies make as much money as they do.

  68. Thank You For Smoking illustrates a good example of a company, or even an industry, facing a strategic inflection. The public view of cigarette smoking was rapidly changing, and Nick Naylor, a cigarette lobbyist, was faced with the challenge of tweaking his goals and his strategy in order to change the public’s view of his product. The movie also reflects the conflict one may face between money and ethics. The product that Naylor was selling was clearly going to harm many people, yet he still put his all into promoting it. In this situation, Naylor chose to earn money and do his job, rather than changing due to ethics. Naylor is extremely skilled at his job and can convince almost anyone that anything he says is true. He is very persuasive and has a keen way with words. This movie was a clear satire on something that happens in the present. Companies use lobbyists, such as Naylor, to persuade customers to purchase their products, whether the product is harmful or not.

  69. “Thank you for Smoking” portrays the lobbying that occurs within Washington as silly and requiring little skill or knowledge throughout the movie. However, as we have learned many times an idea is no good unless you are able to communicate it. The idea of lobbying takes this to the extreme as potentially you can promote a bad idea as long as you are able to communicate well with people. Throughout the movie Nick Naylor is able to bend those around him to believe him and sees to be able to overtake those with seemingly more accepted ideas.
    The message of this movie about industry analysis is that not all analysis done in any industry has been done for the right reasons or by the right people. The studies being performed by the tobacco industry were constantly created to help combat the immense amount of negative studies done on tobacco. However, this data was mostly fabricated and ending up leading to some ridicule by the Vermont Senator. Also, the smoking industry has seen some drivers of change because as they have been attacked in many sectors they have had to try and adapt to new markets to try and stay profitable.

  70. “Thank You For Smoking” is a very entertaining movie, its witty satire within makes people think after laughing. The main character in the movie, Nick Naylor, is a tobacco industry lobbyist, who spends his life defending tobacco companies from those who try to people away from smoking. He has to persuade people that smoking will not damage people’s health, which is definitely not true. Naylor might be hateable, however, his negotiation skill and his technique in twisting things around are very impressive. And we have to admit that tons of people like him do exist in the real world, especially in the business world, where deceptive strategy is desperately needed.

  71. Thank You for Smoking is a movie not only about the cigarette industry’s lobbying efforts, but about strategic public relations in general as demonstrated at the end of the movie when Nick Naylor is advising cellphone companies on how to handle allegations against brain cancer.

    Every industry, company, and situation will have its own advantages and disadvantages. The importance of the ability to think strategically in these situations is magnified when your opponents happen to be legislators or reporters.

    Also, it’s a skill to be aware of exactly how your opponents view you and the situation at hand so your spin can be sculpted accordingly. However, this kind of strategic insight should be guarded very closely as you cannot know who to trust and what will remain “off the record.” The journalist you’re having an affair with is an obvious person to guard this from but there may be less obvious leaks as well.

  72. Thank You for Smoking is the story of Nick Naylor, a chief spokesman for Big Tobacco that goes through the motions and finds himself on the other side of the wall. He begins to realize he was just a pawn in the corporation’s attempts to fight congress in their own efforts to hurt the corporation’s profits. The film is an outstanding satirical performance that portrays a lot of today’s common cultures in society.
    The first thing I’d like to mention is the hunger for money. Money is the first thing that comes to mind when doing business. As we learned the first question we ask when beginning business: Is this venture going to be profitable. The second question we may ask: How do we get there? With the cigarette industry it was not too difficult to answer these inquires. The cigarette industry is just as an example of the power hungry corporation lacking the care for their valuable consumers. Instead, the goal and only goal, in their mind, is to maximize profit to the fullest extent. The way they achieve these goals is through the man, Nick Naylor.
    Nick Naylor, the tobacco lobbyist, uses his power of speech to sway the thoughts of individuals. He shows how inconceivably easy it was to make the resoundingly false sound truthful. Logic is but a mere discrepancy when Naylor is done advocating. The film is overflowing with many instances of these occurrences.
    However, Naylor does take a stand and deny the return as the lobbyist for the corporation. His stand is taken in the hopes his son Joey will learn a lesson out of his attempt. It is a sign of change within him. He begins to campaign for a stand for life and learning. Individuality is something you don’t see too often today. It is a rare but beautiful thing. However, conformity seems to be a very common rationality to today’s society, especially when there are activists supporting the wrong causes in an attempt to make an extra buck. His proactive nature at the end of the film is an invigorating thing to observe.

  73. Thank You For Smoking is about Nick Naylor who is the lobbyist and the chief spoke person of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. Obviously, this group is funded by cigarettes companies and its goal is to disprove the relationship between the lung cancer and smoking. Nick Naylor, as a perfect lobbyist, does anything he possibly can to defend tobacco and persuade people to smoke cigarettes.
    The director, Jason Retiman, portrayed how media and government can heavily influence the business/industry through the tobacco industry. It is clear that any industries can be influenced by media and/or government. For example, Naylor flies to Hollywood to lobby the movie director to add scenes that send message to the viewer, ‘smoking is cool.’ Furthermore, when Nick gets kidnapped, instead of worrying about his employee, BR gets excited to the fact that they’ll win the sympathy. Oppositely, tobacco industry faces downhill when the journalist, Heather Holloway, publishes the article about the negative side of tobacco industry that was originated from Nick’s own lips. After witnessing ups and downs of industry, I can conclude that media can save or destroy any business/industry by sending positive or negative impressions whether it is based on truth or not.
    Government can affect any industry as much as media can, or even more. In this movie, Senator Ortolan Finistirre tries to put a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Naylor is trying his best to defend the tobacco industry because if they must put it on the cigarette packs, obviously, it will discourage many smokers from smoking. How Senator Ortolan Finistirre threatens the cigarette industry and how Nick Naylor defends this industry clearly portrays the strong relationship between the government and the industry.
    After watching this movie, I realized there are many factors that can affect the business. Although the company may have perfect, well-made product, and advertise it well, if media writes negative thing about this product, or if government changes/creates regulation that negatively affects the product, this company wouldn’t be able to survive.

  74. I’m not going to go into the plot of this film; you should either spend the $3 to rent it yourself or read the other seventy-four comments before mine. Either will give you a general idea of what the film is about. It’s worth a watch, if that’s meaningful.
    While I could make some points about the social commentary that this film provides, the biggest business related takeaway for me was the importance of information. Most of Nick Naylor’s best debates with other characters in the film at various times would not be possible were it not for the strong facts that he has to support them. The segment on the Dennis Miller show is a good example. Without information regarding Senator Finistirre’s previous speaking engagements, Naylor would have been unable to point out what a hypocrite the Senator was. Without a knowledge of the leading killers in America, the point about cheese bearing a poison label would have been hollow. And, frankly, without a familiarity with the research having been conducted on the subject of the effects of smoking on the health, it would be quite difficult to craft a credible response to said research. The importance of good research and information can’t be overstated.
    The other important takeaway is that cigar-smoking Communist dictators have the secret to a good mint julep.

  75. Colin Campbell

    Throughout the movie “Thank You for Smoking,” I found myself sensing that the climate surrounding any business is analogous to a continuous dialogue between opposing forces. Rarely, if ever, are industry conditions in a static state.

    Nick Naylor was an incredibly bright thinker, and he was not only aware of the opposing viewpoints, but also had a keen grasp on any kind of information that was pertinent to the subject under discussion. For instance, early in the film when the first mention of the skull and crossbones logo is brought up in BR’s boardroom, Naylor makes a remarkable analysis of the past growth of the cigarette industry in explaining how industry growth from 1910 to 1930 was due to the outbreak of world war, dieting, and also the appealing promotion of actors and actresses smoking in a newly born movie industry. However, this growth occurred at a point in time when Americans were probably the most susceptible to a highly addictive, stress-relieving habit. With men under the pressure of war and women and families under the pressure of assuming new roles on the home-front, it doesn’t seem surprising that consumer’s focus was placed on instant gratification, and less on long-term health risks. Naylor then proposes that Hollywood appeal needs to be recaptured and succeeds in convincing upper level management that this is a sound direction to pursue. In each argument presented, it seems like Naylor’s success lies in his ability to see situations through the eyes of the average citizen, not as a tobacco tycoon. This keeps his public figure believable and even likable. Even the once-great tobacco king played by Robert Duvall seemed to have lost this basic sense of how serious the situation was before his death of the grassroots understanding of the dangers of smoking. Naylor seemed to serve as a testament to the great amount of influence one well-informed person can have across a very broad arena.

    As the plot progressed, Naylor’s lack of ethics certainly caught up with him. But in the greater focus of the film, his nearly successful death threat and tarnished public reputation seem to be the very factors that drive him out of an industry on the brink of failure. His most strategic decision toward the end of the film was to not accept the shifting job offer from BR. This seemed to indicate a positive change in moral direction for Naylor, which I feel serves as the solid foundation for true long-term success.

    Overall, the film gave a unique portrayal of the importance of government influence across industries, as well as the importance of the individual opinions of citizens being expressed through both media and legislation.

  76. Thank You For Smoking is worth watching for a business student because it shows the importance of marketing and brand image. Mr. Naylor’s job is a particularly interesting case because the product he represents kills so many people. However, every company has to successfully market its products and manage its image to remain successful. Nick Naylor is very good at his job because he is always well prepared. A great debater, like Mr. Naylor, always anticipates what his opponent will say and plans retorts. A successful business needs to anticipate what its competitors and critics are going to do and develop strategies to counteract them. Thank You For Smoking highlights this point, especially in terms of marketing and image management.

  77. Mitchell Ostrow

    Thank You for Smoking is an interesting movie and provided a different stance on smoking than most are used to seeing. It gave the view from the tobacco companies who are trying to promote smoking while the majority of society at this time is against it. They are constantly fighting new battles as people continue to promote anti-smoking.

    It can be argued that what Nick Naylor does is ethical or not. He is making a living like everyone else and doing his job which happens to be a lobbyist for the tobacco companies. He makes some fairly good points such as that it is a persons decision if they want to smoke or not and face the consequences. He also points out that many people die of heart disease and high cholesterol and that maybe the government should focus on that.

    Personally I could never take the position of promoting tobacco, but I don’t disagree with the tobacco companies’ fight. They are a business like any other out there and are trying to turn a profit. As long as the harmful effects of smoking remain public information, the tobacco companies should not be constantly attacked. In this day and age if someone chooses to start smoking, they know the possible consequences that come with that decision.

  78. Candice Schortemeyer

    Thank You For Smoking is an interesting movie about a very unpopular tobacco lobbyist, Nick Naylor, and his ability to battle negative statements about and movements against the cigarette industry. This movie focuses on product image with changing societal beliefs and also the battle between money and morals in business. In the movie, Senator Finistirre tries to pass new legislation requiring the image of a skull and crossbones to be printed on every cigarette box. It is Nick Naylor’s job to try to prevent this from happening and instead to try to promote cigarettes in a positive way. One way he tries to do this is by getting into an agreement with an entertainment agency to place cigarettes in the hands of movie stars in new, up and coming films. Although it is his job to promote cigarette’s in a positive light which he proves to be successful at, he runs into several obstacles. One of the obstacles include almost losing his life to nicotine after being kidnapped by angry anti-tobacco vigilantes. Another obstacle, which is prevalent throughout the whole movie, is his questionable parenting practices with his son. This movie illustrates how difficult it can be promoting a product with increasing cultural stigma. It also shows how in many situations in business one may be faced with making a decision between making money or acting morally.

  79. Melissa Mandras

    As many have explained already, the plot of the movie Thank You For Smoking is about the lobbyist Nick Naylor and his efforts to push the tobacco industry on Americans. This movie was personally interesting for me for I spent the past semester studying the annual reports and business operations of Altria Group, which is one of the largest tobacco companies in the U.S. Altria Group is a company that owns cigarettes such as Marlboro. Thank You For Smoking and the character Nick Naylor in my opinion truly portrays the tobacco industry today. The movie accurately portarys the many changes that have occurred in the tobacco industry and how the big companies still in the industry are trying to stilll stimulate growth.
    It is a clear indicator how government regulation and legislation can severely affect an industry. Years ago, when smoking was more socially accepted, there were smoking advertisments everywhere. Narrowing these advertisments in on the youth was extremely profitable for the companies, because their product is addicting, they therefore had lifelong customers. It is known now that this is illegal and that cigarette advertisments have in a way disappeared from our every day view. Companies now have to find different ways to bring attention to their product. This is shown in the movie when they decide they need to utilize product placement and find an actor to be a smoker in a movie, to hopefully bring more consumers to their business.
    Another point that was very interesting to me was the storyline with the old Marlboro Man. This Marlboro Man at one point was the symbol of a “true”, hard working American. The fact that his original icon in the movie is dying and that the companies are willing to pay him off to shut him up and truly do not care about him show the lengths that the industry is willing to go to increase their bottom line.
    After viewing this movie along with the studies I know of Altria Group, I still am not sure on my stance about the tobacco industry. The companies in essence make their money by selling a dangerous and deadly product. Sure, in recent years with the increasing amount of legislation against the industry and the social stigma attached to the product has been a negative affect on operations, but in the end these companies are still being profitable. As long as people are smoking, these companies will be profitable. Although many may not believe it is ethical, aren’t there many other unethical operations happening in the business world? I think that this movie is important for a business student to watch because it shows how there are changes in industries, and in the case of the cigarette industry the big change has been the stigma attached to the product and the ban on advertising. The movies shows how along with changes in the industry, companies have to adapt to them.

  80. I thought “Thank You For Smoking” was an interesting movie because it gave a unique and satirical look at the relationship between business, government, and the consumer. Coming from the perspective of someone who works for and supports Big Tobacco you see the ethical dilemmas one faces but also you get a different and refreshing viewpoint that has not been widely explored, which is that of the business and employees being attacked. While I do not agree with some of the tactics proposed, I think it should be understood that some people like Nick Naylor are only doing what they were hired to do, which is to promote the business despite its obvious negative connotations. The movie makes it clear how important information is not only for the consumer in terms of being able to make a personal choice, but also for businesses trying to protect themselves from constant persecution. As Naylor very correctly points out, there are many other products also with negative health effects with no regulation that people freely have the choice to abuse yet Big Tobacco is always under scrutiny. Naylor does a very good job of seeing things from the perspective of consumers to argue and validate his points in debate. This is a useful tool for businesses who need to strategize in terms of their image against competitors and rivals who will try and bring them down. I think “Thank You For Smoking” provides a look at how businesses of many industries must develop a strategy about how they will interact with both the government and the media to send their message to consumers and influence their choices. While you hope businesses will try and be ethical and truthful to the public, the movie shows that this is not always the case and skillful speaking can be very influential. There are many other businesses who face similar challenges that they must overcome to survive, achieve success, and promote their product in a positive light.

  81. After watching Thank You for Smoking, I experienced mixed feelings about the movie. This was mainly because I expected the movie to be completely against smoking by telling you word for word exactly why it was “bad” to smoke. Instead I found something slightly different, in the form of a sarcastic comedy that somehow allowed the viewer to make their own decision based on the given facts.
    The movie in itself was filled with intense cynicism targeting the anti smoking issue from all sides. I found the movie extremely comical, yet intelligently well put together. The movie does a great job of uncovering the ugly truth of the cigarette companies’ main target- American teenagers.
    There weren’t too many new things I learned from the movie because I have been fully aware of many of the ways big tobacco corporations target young teens into the addictive behavior of smoking. The amazing and admiring aspect of the movie was, the way it didn’t directly persuade you against smoking but instead how it encouraged the viewer at making the right decision. Overall the film does a great job of portraying how even the most controversial yet revenue filling industries still struggle to maintain a suitable beneficial profit- as well as the issues that come about with bad publicity.

  82. I thought Thank You for Smoking was a great film and seems to be a very accurate depiction of how a business operates. Nick Naylor was portrayed very well in the film, I found myself cheering for this well hated character because he is so good at what he does. He is aware of the ever-changing business environment and he understands the consumer’s mentality. Ethics played a major role in this movie, even though Naylor knows the company he works for is responsible for millions of death, he can still sleep at night. Naylor has flexible morals, and his argument emphasizes that consumers should have a choice of what to believe and it’s not important who’s right or who’s wrong. From this film, there a lot of insight into the business aspects, a company is constantly evolving and facing new challenges. One of the major pressures for the cigarette industry is the government and an increasingly more health conscious society. I felt the cigarette industry is facing these declines in sales because of their inability to look forward. They have been selling the same product for many years without significant changes unless there were strong external pressures such as the addition of filters. The industry seems more reactive rather than proactive. They should diversify their businesses like Pepsi because it’s an ever-declining industry. The film also sheds light on corporate responsibility or lack there of. If the number one priority of a company is consumer safety, Nick Naylor would not have a job. Executives like BR care more about the bottom line such as the $50 million spent on advertisement for discouraging teens than the actual cancer boy. Overall, I felt the film was interesting and realistic in showing how greed corrupts our choices and morals.

  83. Before viewing the film Thank You for Smoking I was not sure exactly what this particular film would be about. The business perspective and the issues of ethics in marketing and in corporate responsibility were prevalent in the film. The issue of obtaining money by any means and lavishing in success is something that the character Nick Naylor was constantly occupied with. Actions that he took can easily be questioned in terms of ethics and fair business practices but he was ruthless when it came to being successful and coming out on top. Before I even watched the film I assumed that it was one that completely denounced smoking but it was very interesting because it showed both sides of the story; the business world of the smoking industry in which maximizing profits was at the forefront, and the real world in which hundreds of thousands of people die from smoking related illnesses.

    One problem that Nick faced throughout the film was the conflict of weighing the importance of his family and his work. It was almost a contradiction for him to promote smoking and t0 attempt tp boost cigarette sales while he tried to be somewhat of a role model for his son.

    Although what Nick Naylor was doing seemed unethical at times he was a successful business man because of how personable he was in person and on television. This allowed him to sell the product like nobody else could. He was able to flip the situation when he was being interviewed with “the cancer boy” completely in his favor and gained the interest and compassion of the audience. As a whole this film was very eye-opening and accurately represented the issue of ethics and morals in the corporate world.

  84. The most important aspect of the movie thank you for smoking was the portrayal of the alcoholic beverage and gun industries. I think that the lunches helped to show the viewer that the issues discussed in reference to the cigarette industry throughout the entire movie are not isolated events. The problems shown are not limited to simply the cigarette industry. Nor are they even limited to the cigarette, alcoholic beverage, and gun industries. Ethical issues exist in almost every industry. Companies should be aware of the false impressions and health implications their advertisements and public relations effort may have on the general populous. Well intentioned marketing campaigns can be good for product sales but detrimental to society.

  85. Nick Naylor is a perfect example of why you should not trust the mild-manner pretty boy who can tie a perfect Windsor knot, i.e. Bernard Madoff. He is also living proof that people who have superior communication skills can make up for their lack of intelligence (formal educational training). At a certain point you will not be able to B.S. your way to the top. This movie dealt with major ethical issues that we may all face once we enter the working world. What will we do with our education? Do we really believe in free trade that takes away American jobs? Will we go to work for a company in Dubai that happens to sponsor terrorism? Will we spit on our school and our country all in the name of the bottom line? To Nick Naylor the answer is yes. His defense is that we all have a “mortgage” to pay. Maybe he is right. To all those who choose the path of Naylor all we have to do is look at the investment banks and see how all of their fortunes have come crashing down. We really do have the greatest government in the world when you can take advantage of people and call it defending the “minority”. Our government and legal system is so great that our enemies are using it as the Trojan horse against us. The fact that Naylor decides to grow a conscious in the last minute of the movie does not excuse his reckless behavior that he exhibited throughout the majority of this film. Smokers have a right to smoke, but running nonstop propaganda ads for smoking is something that cannot be defended.

  86. Miriam Zafrani

    “Thank you for smoking” was an enjoyable movie to watch. I think it was interesting that it was a satirical comedy based on the tobacco industry, which is a serious issue in the US. It is surprising that the point of view of the film was from Nick Naylor’s perspective. “Thank you for Smoking” seems to be a movie against smoking and the Big Tobacco companies, however seeing it from Nick Naylor’s point of view the audience can sympathize with him. Also from Nick’s point of view you can see how the tobacco companies manipulate people as they easily talk about death and cancer with no emotion or remorse. Nick Naylor and his company essentially represent death however he always wins because he has a good argument. As unethical as his job is his company still continues to thrive. This shows that any company can do what they want as long as they have a good argument. It is all about the money for these people which can be true in the real world. The humor and irony in this film is used to create a stir in people so that they can question whether they are being manipulated as well.

  87. Thank You For Smoking raises a lot of questions about the business world and where money and morals collide. I can easily work for a company selling something or managing people in an industry I don’t really care or know anything about. Just last Thursday a former student was speaking in one of my classes about career opportunities. He was representing DEC a company that sells light bulbs and other lighting supplies to other businesses. He didn’t necessarily have the deepest interest in light bulbs, but his business was their selling, and he did it well. So with this reasoning, if I was a good enough talker should I be lobbying something that I morally oppose as long as I can be monetarily compensated? Well in the business world that all boils down to personal opinion and each individuals’ own set of morals. Also, this movie brings up another issue, that is the power of lobbyists. This particular picture shows a glimpse of how much work these men are doing behind the scenes of our daily lives. It left out a lot of the political influence that these organizations have and use regularly. Lobbyists groups, who are not all as sly as Nick, often use money to influence politicians to be biased in a lot of their voting. The question is how much of our society’s voice is heard anymore when lobby groups who are sponsored by big corporations start influencing politicians who are supposed to be making the peoples decisions for them. Politicians can be supported by lobbyists who favor their constituency’s opinions, but that only brings them a little closer to actually representing the people that voted for them.

  88. Stephanie Crandall

    I enjoyed watching the movie Thank You For Smoking and found myself interested in watching to see how Nick Naylor could possibly spin things even more in his favor without it coming back to get him in the end. Naylor is a lobbyist for the American Institute of Tobacco Studies, who just happens to get most of their monetary support from the cigarette companies themselves. His job is simply to convince people that smoking is a good thing. Obviously, there is a lot of ethical issues in this movie. In fact, he has a personal competition with the alcohol and gun industry to see who can cause the most deaths in a year. While Naylor may not necessarily believe in what he is saying, he is very good at making anyone else believe it. His way of thinking of it is that as long as he can prove everyone else wrong, then he must be right. It is interesting that the viewer still likes Nick Naylor and even wants him to succeed despite how insane his arguments are. Even though the film was full of sarcasm, it was still a good portrayal of how an industry such as cigarettes can overcome the obvious hurdles to achieve the ending goal of profitability.

  89. I thought Thank you for smoking was a very good film that leaves the viewer with an accurate yet interesting portrayal of how the cigarette industry really opperates. In this film we really get to see the different perspectives in which this industry is viewed and the actions that may be taken whether it be that of the unpopular lobbyist Nick Naylor, the everyday cigarette consumer, the government or the council that fought agaisnt Nick Naylor throughout the duration of the movie. Nick Naylor was a business man, a succesful business man who at times made what seemed to be unethical decisions, however in order for him to thrive at his profession he must possess flexible morals which is percisely what he had. Nick Naylor used his lack of morals in this booming industry combined with his unethical actions to sway the opinions of both the consumer as well as big corporations who sponsored these lobbyists. After viewing this film I really felt that the main objective behind not only cigarette companies, but most companies is making money. I think this is most evident at the end of the movie when Nick Naylor is asked if he would buy his own son who happens to be in the court room a pack of cigaretts, and he says if he was of age and wanted to smoke, yes I would buy him his first pack. If your making a profit, nothing else matters including the health of the very people who are purchasing your product which is seen in this movie about the Cigarette industry. I also liked that this movie touched upon the alchoholic beverages and gun use because the tobacco business is definitly not the only industry that uses unethical decisions while trying to make their product profitable.

  90. Shawuki G. Hilton

    I thought Thank You For Smoking was a rather intriguing film. I always wondered how the executives of a large cigarette/tobacco distributor would work knowing that the product that they sell not only gains its revenues through the addiction of its consumers, but also kills so many individuals on a daily basis. The main character Nick Naylor truly has the ability of speech and manipulation. A great example of this can be seen in the opening scene where he makes the medical aid industry look like the “bad guy” for wanting a terminally ill cancer patient to die. Throughout the duration of the movie, we watch Nick drive home the idea of making cigarettes an appropriate asset for life and ultimately making a profit for an industry whose product is deadly. Even though his arguments are insane and simply ludicrous, it is rather entertaining to see how Nick will talk his way out of different situations. The most shocking aspect of this entire industry, is that the product simply kills. When did a human life become worth a pack of cigarettes? In the past couple of years corporate America has been overwhelmed with unethical occurrences, but seriously how does a cigarette salesman go to work knowing the product that they sell will lead to a death toll that can be equivalent to that of a civil war.
    The most important thing to pull from this movie is the parallel it shares with real life. The art of persuasion goes a long way especially in the industries of questionable product distribution (guns, alcohol, and cigarettes). The impact that lobbyists have on individuals around them is somewhat scary seeing the growth/implementation that cigarettes in particular has had.

  91. In the movie “Thank you for smoking”, Aaron Eckhart plays a tobacco lobbyist—Nick Naylor who never loses arguments and therefore is seldom perceived as being wrong when defending the interests of the tobacco corporations.
    “Thank You for Smoking” is not truly about the tobacco industry. Sure, the movie does lampoon big tobacco for knowing the truth about health risks and merely politicizing the argument and spinning research to stay in business. The movie is also about business strategy. The film forces us to focus on the nature of message ‘spinning,’ word twisting, and other communication and negotiation strategies used. This is the stuff of advocating, selling, and persuading with which we are bombarded daily in our ‘infomercial’ society. The fact that manipulative and deceptive strategies used is less troubling than whether it is being done for good or bad. Being deceptive is very much a part of how we survive in a complex world. Just like the tobacco industry, they always argue that they should have their legal rights to produce. People have used tobacco for so long, and they continue to use it even though they are aware of the health risks. Personally, I totally agree that it is personal rights and decisions to choose whether you want to live in a healthy way.

  92. Abraham Mizrahi

    After watching Thank You For Smoking it was easy to see how the cigarette industry fits into Porter’s five forces model. However it also proved that the model might also neglects certain barriers.
    1.Cigarette companies face very weak resistance from their suppliers. Nick Naylor actually makes a comment in the movie about people needing to think about America’s tobacco farmers.
    2.They face weak competition from substitutes because cigarettes are addicting. Other drugs just become complimentary to cigarettes as opposed to becoming substitutes.
    3.They face weak resistance from buyers because the buyers those who are heavily addicted are willing to pay whatever they cost.
    4. They face moderate competition from rival firms.
    5. The threat of new entrants is not such an issue because smokers typically stick to their brand of choice.

    The main issue for the cigarette industry that the movie exposed was the threat of government regulation. It was only once the government intervened and decided to put a skull and crossbones sign on cigarette boxes, and when judges ordered the cigarette companies to pay billions in damages, that they faced their major stumbling block. The barriers the government has set in place for the cigarette industry have been increasing over the years and it will be interesting to see how they approach them in the future.

  93. danielgarroway

    Thank You For Smoking is a film about an executive and spokesman for a tobacco lobby which is funded by the cigarette companies. The purpose of this lobby is to analyze the connections between smoking cigarettes and getting lung cancer. This film raised a lot of issues related to overall business ethics and implications for Porter’s 5 Forces Model. The ethical issues brought up in the film include the profiting that Big Tobacco experiences from selling a deadly product. The satire puts a twist on the subject and allows viewers to see from another point of view.

    One of the main business implications the movie brought up was the fact that Big Tobacco would not exist with strict government regulation. Without government regulation, Big Tobacco is able to profit from continuing sales of a product with a virtually perfect correlation to causing lung cancer. The implications for Big Tobacco with government intervention would be certainly fatal for the industry.

    Other implications for business are highlighted through the main character’s (Nick’s) extreme ability to talk his way through opposing views. In the opening seen of the film he puts a twist on the view that Big Tobacco is the reason for all these cancer-related deaths. He does so by stating an obvious, yet little-known standpoint of Big Tobacco; these companies are doing all they can in order to keep smokers alive for more business.

    Thank You For Smoking was a brilliant film and has many practical implications for business as well as discussions on ethics.

  94. Jason Reitman’s “Thank You for Smoking” is a hilarious satire on the tobacco industry. Those of us who particularly scorn Big Tobacco and their marketing campaign will find it hard to resist Aaron Ekhart’s character, Nick Naylor. With his wit and charm, he convinces those around him that cigarettes aren’t all that bad. When he gets kidnapped and almost killed, we feel for him. His death would have saved many lives. Yet Ekhart’s character really shines through and convinces us that he is maybe not such a bad person after all. Naylor is just too good at what he does. Cigarettes are cool and we love him. The film thus does an excellent job at showing us how much good marketing and strong public relations teams can achieve.

    The film also explores the role of government in the tobacco industry. Senator Finistirre, portrayed by William Macy, plays the role of a passionate anti-smoking senator. His tirade on how “cancer boy” was not pathetic enough was particularly funny and parallels and reflects the exploitative nature of Big Tobacco.

    All in all, “Thank You for Smoking” is an excellent and entertaining film. It questions the ethical implications of Big Tobacco and their campaign. It shows us the industry at its worst – corrupt, manipulative, and abusive. However, we still sympathize with Naylor and his career. Even the Captain (Robert Duvall), one of Big Tobacco’s oldest tycoons, is seen as a wise and old fatherly figure. The film also briefly looks at the alcohol and firearms industry – both of which are trumped by Big Tobacco when it comes to who takes the most lives each year.

  95. Thank You For Smoking is definitely a good example of Porter’s Five Forces Model in regard to the cigarette industry.

    As far as substitutes go, there are not many for cigarettes. Each form of tobacco gives you a different feeling, and cigarettes are addicting, so once a smoker, it would be difficult to substitute.

    There aren’t so much barriers to enter the cigarette market, but smokers are generally brand-loyal, so it would be difficult for a new company to get a large market-share.

    With this, as far as rivalry goes, cigarette smokers are brand loyal and the only competition that there really is, is obtaining new smokers.

    There is little supplier power because there are so many different tobacco farms and ways to obtain the tobacco.

    And there is also little buyer power as well, because once a smoker, it’s difficult to quit, no matter what the prices are. Most smokers are brand loyal so switching to another brand is not likely, although the price sensitive smokers of course will.

    As far as the movie goes, it’s funny how the tobacco uses a different kind of profit strategy.. it relies on sucking people in and addicting them to the cigarettes. As far as government regulation goes, they can tax the cigarettes, but consumers will be the ones feeling the tax because they’re addicted and are willing to pay it.

    (Unrelated to the movie, but I do find Europe’s government intervention funny with disgusting pictures with sayings like Smoking clogs the arteries and causes heart attacks and strokes)

  96. Anton Brovchenko

    “Thank You For Smoking” is a film that, although humorous and satirical can teach us a lot about the different entities that act on a company or even an entire industry. In this case, the industry in question is tobacco and the major influence on it is the government.

    In this film the main character, Nick Naylor is a lobbyist for Big Tobacco trying to keep the United States Senate from passing a bill that will put a skull and crossbones logo on all cigarette packaging. Tobacco companies, knowing that that this will hurt sales, enlist the help of Nick to help fight this bill. Additionally, Nick tries to get tobacco product placement into movies to “put the sex back in cigarettes”.

    This, in effect, shows the environment under which tobacco companies must operate. Tobacco companies need to retain their buyers yet government regulation is continually trying to take these buyers away by requiring new disclaimers and imposing taxes. Tobacco companies thus must lobby the government to keep their business intact. With certain advertising being prohibited, they must also find subtle ways of marketing cigarettes to consumers. These problems deal primarily with the bargaining power of buyers and the threat of substitute products from Porter’s Five Forces Model. If cigarette taxes become too high or anti-smoking campaings too “convincing” potential buyers may not buy while current customers may choose to quit or look for products such as nicotine gum or patches, which could be considered substitutes.

    Although “Thank You For Smoking” is technically a comedy and a satirical look at Big Tobacco, it is grounded in real problems that tobacco companies face and the ways that they go about dealing with these issues.

  97. The Movie “Thank You For Smoking was a good and very good account of how I think the tobacco industry operated. The ethics of Major Corporations played a major part in the movie. The ethics of the tobacco producing companies and the Lobbyist were called into question. In the case of the tobacco companies they were using “smart” but deceptive advertising to sell there product. They constantly placed ads in movies, televisions and print ads to sell their deadly and dangerous product. There strategy was very aggressive and manipulative, it seemed to me that the tobacco companies would say and do anything to have someone buy a pack cigarettes and continue to buy them.

    Relating Thank You For Smoking to our discussion in class, I saw how Porter’s Five Forced model can be utilized to Identify the forces that influenced the industry.

    1. The Threat of substitute products were very high, different tobacco companies had different brands and favor that differentiated themselves from there competitors. Buys could switch the type/brand of cigarettes based on price or supply.

    2. The Threat of the entry of new competitors was high cause the buyer loyal was dependent on price New entrants could just enter the market offering a new product for a cheaper price.

    3. The Intensity of competitive rivalry was extremely high. Tobacco is a an easily available resource and the chemicals within a cigarette is highly addictive. So brand loyalty can be low if consumer demand is high for a cheaper pack of cigarettes.

    4. The bargaining power of customers is very high because without the demand for cigarettes, there would not be a Tobacco industry. Especially cause there is should low brand loyalty cause of price and quality, buyers will demand a cheaper high quality cigarette.

    5. The bargaining power of suppliers is weak cause, the consumer demand for cigarettes influences the supply. If there is low demand there would be low demand for raw materials.

  98. Wei-Yoan Cheng

    Thank You For Smoking demonstrates how businesses can market anything with a really good talker who can pose strong arguments, no matter how ridiculous and outrageous the arguments are. Aaron Eckhart, who plays tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor in the film, does a great job defending tobacco companies in the film. Although I am strongly against tobacco use, I found myself siding with Naylor throughout the film. For example, in the classroom scene, Naylor tells the little kids not to listen to their parents and to decide for themselves whether or not cigarettes were bad. That scene was completely outrageous but at the same time, he defended it by saying that if their parents told them that chocolate was bad, would they decide not to eat chocolate? It was a very reasonable argument and that is why companies hire people who are charming and convincing like Naylor to market and defend their products. I thought the film was very entertaining, funny, and thought provoking. What I really got out of it besides the obvious satire on American businesses is that as with all questions in life, there is no one real answer. There will always be two sides of an argument and the best thing you can do is to prove your opposition wrong. If you can do that, then by default you are right.

  99. Thank you for Smoking was a very interesting movie. It touched on many issues in a business from opposition to your business, to employees not believing what they were saying, and to possible extreme situations. First if we look at Nick Naylor and how he I feel didn’t really like smoking but yet had to promote it and spin it positively. Should Nick be the one with the job, sure he is a good lobbyist but if he doesn’t believe in the product could he accidently hurt the company?
    Secondly, if we look at the smoking industry as a whole what is the moral obligation they have to the consumer, should they put skull and crossbones on the box? Morally should they sell something addictive to consumers?
    Thirdly if we look at the fanatics, why would people get so into being against something? We live in a system where anyone can start a business if you don’t like what they do don’t buy it talk out about it but to revert to violence is ridiculous.

  100. Thank You for Smoking is an interesting film in that instead of portraying cigarettes as bad, it shows us the point of view of a lobbyist whose job is to defend the rights of smokers, which was not what I was expecting. Nick Naylor’s job as chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies is to keep the public believing that cigarettes do not cause lung cancer. One important business concept that I took away from this movie is the importance of public speaking. Nick Naylor knows how to debate, persuade and argue correctly so that he will never seem wrong even if he really is. Even though he’s an unpopular guy among the public, he is successful because he’s great at talking and bs-ing. A scene that stuck out for me was when he was teaching his son how to argue for their favorite ice cream flavors. His son was to argue for chocolate and he would argue for vanilla. He shows his son how to seem right by arguing for liberty, which does nothing in proving that vanilla is the better flavor. Though his son says he wasn’t convinced, I thought it was interesting that in the next scene, we see them on a ferris wheel both eating vanilla ice cream. That just goes to show how persuasive his arguments are. He knows how to pitch ideas to his bosses and work the audience, which proves to be very effective in the business world. I liked that I was able to see what happens behind the scenes at board meetings and it was interesting to see the relationship Nick Naylor had with his backstabbing boss, BR. The business world is known to be competitive and many managers tend to do unethical things in order to advance, as seen not only with BR, but also with the many corporate frauds that have been prevalent in the early 2000’s. I was surprised that bribery was touched upon in the film, as this has also happened in many corporations in the business world. Overall, this film does a great job in depicting many corporate issues from bribery to board meetings, and everything in between.

  101. Thank You for Smoking (TYFS), is a humorous yet dark comedy about a top lobbyist for the tobacco/cigarette industry. This movie highlights many of the less glamorous aspects of the business world, especially revolving around businesses which are perceived as being generally negative for society. In industries such as tobacco where their main threat of survival is posed from government regulations and interest groups, these companies don’t necessarily primarily focus on the tradition competitive measures such as price and market positioning, although those do still play important roles. Rather they need to have means of dealing with the government and ensuring that their position is not continually eroded by lawsuits and further government restrictions, in the instance of TYFS is the “skull and crossbones” being placed on packs of cigarettes. The importance of having lobbyists to represent their industry is exemplified in these cases, which is where Nick Naylor makes himself an asset to the company.
    A line that comes up in the movie which I’d like to focus in on is the concept of having a job because “it pays the mortgage.” This is Nick Naylor’s frequently used justification of why he does a job which is seen as being morally corrupt. This is also the line which the reporter uses when asked why she divulged all the industry’s secrets in her article even though it was implied most of the information was off the record. Many people in business walk a fine line with ethical decisions… they must choose between making money or engaging in morally questionable activities. This movie supports the notion that money takes precedence over morally acceptable conduct. Everything seems to be justified by the fact that if you can pay off your mortgage, your job is worth keeping. People who have a stronger moral compass might want to avoid taking particular positions in companies where they might not be completely comfortable with their line of work. Nick views himself as defending the corporate conglomerate of tobacco companies, much like a lawyer defends a murderer…everyone has the right to a defense.

  102. Thank you for smoking is one of the best business movies that I have been watched. Main actor, Nick Nayler who is Vice President of and chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, always faces to make a decision between good for the company and good for the public. As a chief spoke man of the big tobacco company, he has been done good job for persuading people not only tobacco can cause cancer but also tobacco company uses lots of money to help quite smoking for children. All of the business has to generate profit and there are side effects such as cancer in this movie at the same time. As a business person, Nick needs strategies to protect company from the attack by congress man and non-profit health organizations. He proposes an idea that makes people attractive to smoking, movie stars smoke cigarettes in the movie, for growing company’s sales. Not on purpose, he delivers the brief case which is full of money to former Marlboro man who got cancer for stop making bad announcement to the company. All of the business has to generate profit and there are side effects such as cancer in this movie at the same time. I totally understand Nick’s situation and not only we might be there soon, but also have to make good strategies for the company.

  103. “Thank you for smoking” was a movie in which the other side of the smoking battle was shown. Nick Naylor is basically the head honcho in the promotion and defense of cigarettes and smoking in general. He can spin any story and anything against the cigarette and tobacco industries. The movie centers around his ability to continuously promote and defend the industries, even to parents of children affected by second hand smoke and smoking itself. The senator from vermont tries to fight the tobacco industry and make warning labels more obvious by putting a skull and cross bones on cigarette boxes. The movie also brings in the lead “spinners” of other controversial industries. The movie helps to show how a job is just that a job. The employee is being paid to get the task accomplished and if they don’t than they face consequences such as unemployment, as Nich briefly faced. If a lawyer is asked to defend someone that may not be innocent they may not say no because they want the work. The same goes for Nick Naylor who needs to defend such an industry to stay employed.

  104. Thank You For Smoking was a satirical approach to criticize the process of which our government deals with lobbyists. It’s funny how something that is clearly a risk to the health of or nation can get away with so many things. Democracy plays a weird role for capitalism. It seems like because there is a system that allows so much freedom, capitalism is allowed to run wild. Although there are regulations, but corporations are allowed to slither their way freely in order to suck more and more out of the American public.
    Nick Naylor was a slick lobbyist trained to argue and win every argument. That is what I feel America can be compared to. America is Nick Naylor. We are never wrong as long as we can argue around facts and make it sound like you are wrong, not necessarily proving ourselves right. A lot of the excuses to police the world are within that scenario. We are right in a sense that everyone else (other nations) are wrong.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I am not unpatriotic because I see our operations and decisions like this. Nick Naylor never really told the public that smoking is good for them. All he did was to disprove everyone else. It was up to the public to interpret if it was good or bad for them. This is what America is doing. It is The People who are driving the ultimate decision. It is the decision (and the fear in some cases) of The People that allows our governments to act.
    All in all, great film!!

  105. Waseem Alam

    The movie “Thank You for Smoking” is an excellent portrayal of how the overall tobacco industry runs and operates. The movie shows the many darker sides of the business world which goes unseen mostly. The main character in the movie, Nick Naylor, is hired by the Tobacco companies to portray smoking as safe and enjoyable. As the perception of tobacco was changing as more people were becoming aware of the pitfalls of smoking, Naylor was enlisted by the Tobacco companies to do what he was good at, improve their reputation by using his superior communication abilities. He is successfully able to convince people that smoking is not dangerous. There is a lot to be learned about business strategy in the movie. It is alarming to see how much manipulation goes into selling a product just to generate money at all costs. He comes up with strategies on how to protect the industry from attacks from all sides such as the government and health organizations. His idea is to have movie stars smoke in Hollywood movies to raise the image factor of smoking positively. The move brings up many points on how far business should go to sell their products. What is crossing the limit, and what is allowed in an industry that just sells tobacco? There needs to be a limit which companies cannot cross in just looking at their bottom line, and that concept has to be engrained within each and every industry, not just within the Tobacco industry. Overall, this was an excellent movie and definitely provokes many interesting thoughts when viewing.

  106. Joseph Micale

    Thank You for Smoking is a witty and funny satirical movie that exposes how important advertising and the media is in any industry, especially the tobacco. Along with that it shows how many other of the components of a company’s macro environmental such as litigation and regulation, and societal values and lifestyles can affect each industry and the companies within them.. The main character, Nick Naylor, can “persuade” anyone about anything at anytime and even make friends with the teenage he meets on the talk show who got cancer from the product Naylor promotes. Scenes like that in the movie are completely over the top, but isn’t too serious about itself, which makes it ok.

  107. Inessa Kylymar

    Nick Naylor is the face of tobacco industry and vice-president of Academy of Tobacco Study, which was founded by cigarette producers to persuade the illusion of nonharmfull smoking. His audience is people who you can sell all products. And Nick has a very good ability to persuade people.

    It shows in the movie how the companies in tobacco industry try to trick the government. Government passes out different regulations to prevent people from smoking, which makes harder for tobacco companies to sell their product. One example from the movie is when the company came up with the idea to sell cigarettes by showing it in the movie with famous stars. Basically, the companies in tobacco industry need to think about different ways of advertising to sell their product. They need to evade regulations in order to not be sued for the violation of laws.

  108. First and foremost, Thank You for Smoking was not about smoking, it is a movie about perception and persuasion. What the movie highlights is that there are always more than one way to look at something, and that it is hard to pinpoint the truth. One very important lesson Nick bestows upon his son is how he can convince him that chocolate ice cream is bad. That metaphor emphasizes how things can be perceived depending how you look at them. The role of lobbyist is not to play moral arbitrator, rather to use his/her powers of persuasion to achieve a desired end to a mean. This means anything, if articulated correctly, can be defended or criticized. Even those against the tobacco campaign are corrupted which shows that although something may be right or wrong to a person, they may not act accordingly to achieve their goal.

  109. Julio Romero

    Thank You For Smoking is a hilarious comedy about Nick Nailer, a lobbyist for Big Tobacco who ends up traveling to California with his son on a business trip, to convince Hollywood directors to incorporate smoking in their films. Nick Nailer is a self-described bull-shitter. ”You know that guy who can get any girl he wants? That’s me…on crack!” He effortlessly defends big Tobacco from health lobbyists and efforts to inform the public of its health risks. How does he do it? “It takes certain….moral flexibility”. I believe that this part of the movie is very important. This is because I have noticed that many people who undergo professions…finance for example….either ignore or do not consider the moral implications of their work. Rather many assume from a early age that if a job pays well and you wear a suit and tie you are a good person. At the same time, the guy on the corner selling drugs is a bad person. But what really separates the two?? Especially if the guy with a suit on is a tobacco lobbyist.

  110. Katherine Han

    Unlike the first impression I received just by reading the title, Thank You for Smoking was a move not about smoking but more towards cigarette industry trying to trick the government. It showed the behind the scene of the business world. The main character Nick Naylor gets hired by a cigarette company to persuade the perception of people and the government that smoking is not dangerous as people were getting more aware of how harmful it is. To do this, Naylor comes up with business strategies such as having movie stars smoke in the films to raise good image of smoking. This movie was interesting to watch as Naylor disproves everybody by making them think smoking is good for health. I felt that as dangerous a product cigarette company is making, there needs to be a borderline as to lobbying and advertising.

  111. Alfred Chau

    “Thank You for Smoking” displays the other half of the argument to all of the Truth commercials that are constantly played on television. Aaron Eckhart’s portrayal of Nick Naylor as a smooth talking lobbyist is able to squeeze his way through every sticky situation presented before him by the anti-smoking critics. Although the movie does make light of the tobacco industry and how cigarettes kill millions through cancer and destroys lives through addiction, it does play up on the notion that every story has two sides to it. We, as the consumers, are usually only shown the side where the cigarette smoke causes the blackened lungs and rotting, yellow teeth.
    However, there is also the other side of the story where the lobbyists and marketers are figuring out ways to keep its loyal customers, along with trying to recruit more consumers. For example, we see how Naylor tries to incorporate the “sex appeal” back into smoking, as well as getting the support of famous actors and actresses. He gives an example to his son by debating whether chocolate or vanilla are the best ice cream flavors, as a way of comparing whether or not cigarettes are good for you. Even though Naylor never directly promotes that people should be taking up smoking, instead he sets out to prove that everyone else is wrong so that he is right. I enjoyed watching this movie because of the satirical method that was used was light hearted enough to be funny, while at the same time avoiding preaching about the dangers of smoking.

  112. This is the third time I’ve watched the movie and I have to say that it’s still as funny as the very first time I’ve watched it. I feel this movie sheds some light on the darker side of business. When a organization offers a product or service that is considered “acceptable” in the public eye, the consumer never hears or sees any form of complaining because the product is portrayed as “good.”
    In this movie, I feel that the lobbyist was doing the same thing that any dedicated employee would do for their organization. It just so happens that, the product or service that the Big Tobacco is offering is viewed as “bad” or “unacceptable” within the public eye.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I’m against smoking, but I’m looking at this from a business perspective.

    All companies do things like this. In the movie, it was mentioned that the Big Tobacco focuses on the teenage demographic. Now if you think about it, alot of different companies want that demographic… so they focus on them as well. Many people feel that wanting to sell cigarettes to them is a bad thing and I defintely agree. But where does that stop other companies. For example, companies spend millions of dollars to recruit children to find out what are the best styles in clothing. In this industry people do harm as well. Companies play on the insecurities of its consumers to coax them into feeling that this new pair of jeans or new short will make me fit in.

    All companies do this, but you have to ask yourself… Can we actually stop this?

  113. Jeffery Walburger

    In the movie “Thank you for not smoking” practically in the beginning of the film the tobacco company is finding out what strategic issue and problem merit front-burner managerial attention, and this would be government. They want to attempt to put a skull and crossbones on the front of every cigarette package, in order, for the consumer to understand the effects of what cigarettes can do to your body. This strategic issue involves using the results of both industry and competitive analysis and company situation analysis to identify a “worry list” of issues to be resolved for the company to be financially and competitively successful in the years ahead. This is where Nick Naylor comes is, he could, as the old saying goes, sell ketchup to a woman with white gloves. He realizes that the present strategy is not working and in order to assure that the tobacco company lives on, he attempts to implement a new strategy where the tobacco company will advertise a no smoking campaign to children in order to get their image back to par. Nick drew conclusions about the tobacco companies Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and threats; and then acted on those conclusions to better match the company’s strategy, to its strengths and market opportunities, to correct the important weakness, which in the case was image, and defend against external threats, which in this case was the government.

  114. Nicholas Caputo

    “Thank You For Smoking “, is a perfect example of a business movie that shows how there are constant drivers that bring about change in any industry. In this film one example of such change is how Nick Naylor, a lobbyist for The Academy of Tobacco Studies promises to launch a $50 million dollar campaign to prevent teens from smoking. This is not at all what the tobacco industry wants but to help people believe that the tobacco industry is looking out for the world’s youth and that cigarettes actually aren’t that bad for, Nick is willing to make a change in the tobacco business to make the public regain trust. Throughout the film one also see’s how particular government officials are bringing about change in the tobacco industry by trying to put a skull and cross bones on every pack of cigarettes to make them less appealing. To counteract all this negative publicity the tobacco industry is driven to come up with new marketing ideas that make cigarettes look safe and “cool” like the public once viewed them. Nick comes up with an idea to go back to the times when popular celebrities would always be seen smoking and he wants to do this again by creating a new brand of cigarettes based on a new movie and to have famous modern celebrities smoking them. The entire film shows how many factor bring about change in the industry. In this case it was all the negative news reports, politicians, and television shows that forced the tobacco industry to start changing and Nick was the main developer of many of these ideas that were aimed at keeping people interested in a deadly product.

  115. I think “Thank You for Smoking” is a really good business movie. It really shows the hidden part of the business in a way. The movie actually reminded me the Movie of Devil’s Advocate, it has the same underlying issue with that movie which is based on a story that the devil tries to seize the humanity through lawyers because he believes that the law system is kind of a weapon that shows illegal as legal with illusory arguments.
    The important part of the businesses is that how people see your business and how they react the way you do the business. I mean if the business is selling something to the consumers, first you have to take their attention and make them feel that you are important for them. To do that you need to have substantial arguments that the goods you try to sell are the needs that they have to meet.
    In the movie of course it is not so simple because of the business being mentioned has a questionable situation. On the other hand the move shows that even if the business that you have affects people’s life you can still make that works through good strategies and tactics like the lobbyist of the company does. In addition this is how the business works in the real word, all the bureaucracy and hidden agreements between the both part of the governments and other companies or illusory facts and arguments are the part of the business we have in today’s world.

  116. The movie “Thank you For Smoking” is a clear demonstration of the ever needed recruitment of consumers in the tobacco industry. The strategic advertisement to bypass the fact that cigarettes are a health risk is ongoing worldwide. The manner in which Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) uses media manipulation to twist the perception of the public is down to his steadfast confidence and “twisted morals”, and allows him to sell his product with the utmost faith. By influencing people to consider the positive elements of smoking which ignoring the downside, sales can be made. The government’s attempt to attach the illustration of a skull once more brings health issues to light and ruins the “cool” persona that Nick Naylor is trying to re-establish by including high profile celebrities smoking in movies, much like in previous decades when smoking was at an all time high. While the tobacco industry may be injured by governments, as long as people are willing to look past the health risks and purchase cigarettes there will always be an opportunity to make money, and persuasive advertisement aimed at the younger generation will increase popularity.

  117. Lindsay Jean Stradley

    In the movie “Thank You For Smoking” you can see the role that the government tires to play in controversal big industry companies, such as the tobacco industry. In this movie the government is trying to implement a process in which all cigarette boxes would be clearly marked with a skull and crossbones to show the item is hazordous to its users. The role of the main character Nick Naylor is to lobby for the big tobacco company and make sure this label is not put on the cigarette box. Naylor is trained to twist the truth in such a way that he gets his audiences to not fully agree with what he is saying, but not disgaree with him either. With convroversial industries such as this, sometimes the lines between the companies and governments roles can be blurred. At what point should the government step in and take action against products that they see as being potentially harmful to society? Also it deals with exactly how much should these companies be held responsible for? For example, at the main hearing the government was trying to argue that cigarettes have shown to cause serious health problems such as lung cancer, and that was the main reason why the skull and cross bones needed to be put in place. Yet Nick Naylor agrued that there were some benefits to smoking cigarettes and other things such as the Vermont cheddar cheese that can lead to high cholestrol should also be tagged with a serious warning label. Overall, the movie was aimed at showing audiences the dynamics involved when the government steps in and starts playing a role in big business. It showed its viewers that sometimes it is essential for the government to come in at the sake of consumers, but that does not mean the the big tobacco companies have to stop their fight to lure in new smokers, even if it is seen as a moral downfall.

  118. Some important aspects of necessary characteristics of a good business man are mentioned quite well in the movie “Thank You for Smoking”. It is harder to defend a harmful product respect to offend the product. Our character is doing the hard job here. Nick Naylor is talented enough to overwhelm the TV show situation when a cancer boy has been brought in order to make the audience feel sorry for him. Naylor uses the strength of talking all over the movie. There is no need for a diploma to be able to speak; it is an ability, a talent. These companies bribes people and use the weaknesses of justice system when they need to but this is business and sometimes it is how it works. Everybody needs to pay their mortgages as mentioned in the movie. Nick Naylor is a beneficial example for business candidates. He knows the cons of the other side and use them against them. He knows that with a political-emotional speech even a harmful company may seem beneficial. According to Naylor, you don’t need to be right to win an argument. If you can convince the audience that the other side is not good, you are victories even though you are worse. If you use the correct path of argument, you are not wrong. You can affect the audience with right moves. These are some tactics he uses through the movie but the main issue which should be considered is his comeback after getting a fatal hit by the newspaper woman Heather Halloway. This is the important fact; not to give up. If you don’t have the strength to comeback, you may lose even if you are on the right side. This may be a moral issue but it also is the way business goes.

  119. Thank You For Smoking is a comedic take on the serious issues involving the tobacco industry in the United States. The movie raises many questions about ethics and morals in the business environment, and more specifically in the decision-making processes of the tobacco industry. Nick Naylor, a smooth-talking lobbyist and protagonist of the film, should be a character we all hate, but in fact it is the exact opposite. His way to “spin” opposing views and charm his audience just goes to show the affect that good marketing has on people. As Nick states, “If you argue correctly, you are never wrong”, which is exactly what he does throughout the movie, defending and promoting the tobacco industry.

    The movie takes place a few years back when the danger of cigarettes is common knowledge. It really presents the audience with a dark look on the behind the scene aspects of the industry and their attempts to “trick” the government into thinking that cigarettes are merely as dangerous as everyday commodities, such as cars and cheese. The theme of the movie demonstrates how the media and efficient marketing can be highly persuasive to all people and external threats (in this case the government), and is present throughout the business world, not only in the tobacco industry.

  120. Thank-You For Smoking starring Aaron Eckhart, delivered a great performance that left the audience to understand the plots and ploys of lucrative businesses much more. While watching it, you smile at his character’s ability to be completely sleazy and likeable all at the same time. He is a spin-man for big-tobacco companies- a job in which he performs well. While his character is meant to be without moral, the movie sets underlying tones that there actually is a human being who feels.

    The man without morals is most easily shown in this setting. The tobacco, alcohol, and firearms industry’s spin-doctors are shown meeting throughout the movie. They represent some of the most easily hated people in society. However, the truth is there are more people like this than we want to admit. Almost every major group has their own spin-doctor, who is able to twist any truth to fit their own agenda. Unfortunately, this can mean that morals are sometimes pushed aside, not all the time, but sometimes.

    The movie began and ended strong. While Eckhart did not exactly turn 180º, he did get away from big tobacco. He became a consultant of sorts who taught and trained businesses to be able to twist facts to suit their causes. I am left with the impression that this is somehow still moral bankrupt. Then again, one of the premises of the movie showed that one could be right no matter what in an argument. Unfortunately, this movie paints a fairly accurately picture of the world. There are many factors involved in any topic, and everything is not always so black and white. Eckhart did his job: he took very opposing ideas with a “set resolution” and made them clear as mud.

  121. Gregory McGuire

    “Thank you for not smoking” is a movie that shows how the three major sources of information in our world: The government, Corporations and media outlets come up with strategies to persuade the public to buy their product or agree with their ideas. The tobacco industry in this movie hires a Pr specialist (Nick Naylor) to spin the bad news about cigarette smoking, to try to increase the public image of the tobacco industry. One strategy Nick used in the beginning of the movie to counter the onslaught of anti-smoking representatives on the Joan London Show was to announce that the academy of tobacco studies was going to spend five million dollars on a anti-smoking campaign to keep kids from smoking. This announcement got applause from the audience. However, the senator in the movie, being represented by his aid Ron realized they had a failed strategy, which was “Cancer-Boy,” not looking ill enough, therefore not getting the sympathy of the audience. I also think it was interesting at the hearing at the end of the movie were the anti-smoking representative wants to use the strategy of putting the skull and cross bones on every pack of cigarettes to get people to stop smoking, he makes the point that consumers respond more to images than words. Nick Naylor however came back and made the point that cholesterol kills people as well, but no one wants to place a skull and bones symbol on cheese. In all, I think this movie shows that if you have a better strategy than the people who are opposing you, even if you are selling a controversial product like cigarettes, you can win support.

  122. Maria-Christina Herrera

    The movie Thank You For Smoking is a wonderful look into the tobacco industry and the changing drivers of this particular business. Like any other business, change, in the way the business is run is inevitable. The way a company handles the different situations presented to them is key in a successful business.Despite knowing the product is obviously harmful, Nick Naylor’s job is to argue it should be the consumer’s choice in smoking or not smoking. From advertising, politics, and the image of a smoker to the public, this movie presents the many aspects that drive this industry.

    In the beginning of the movie, Nick Naylor is on a talk show defending the tobacco industry against people that firmly believe that cigarettes are bad. Despite the many negatives these other people discuss, Nick Naylor is able to change the situation around and claims to bring about a multi-million dollar campaign targeting teenagers about the damages from cigarettes. He was clever in his tactics, in that, he made himself as well as the tobacco industry, appear to want to prevent teen smoking. This anti-smoking for teenagers campaign would then result in the public thinking that the tobacco industry does indeed have a heart and wants to help the teenagers of America. Clearly, the need to show a different view on smoking was necessary in order for the tobacco industry to maintain some sort of “fan base”. This is a perfect of example of a business needing to come up with new, more appropriate strategy in selling their product. Nick Naylor’s next goal is to change the image of smoking as well. Since there had been many scientific studies and doctors stating the smoking does, in fact, cause many different diseases, the image of smoking shifted from being “cool” to being unhealthy and deadly. He turns to Hollywood and films to fix this image. He believes that like early movies showcased smoking to be a sexual, cool, and common thing to do. He wants movies to show the “positives” of smoking as opposed to the unhealthy effects of it. By showcasing famous, beautiful people smoking cigarettes, the tobacco business is able to place forms of advertising in movies, little to the viewer’s knowledge. By doing so, the tobacco industry is able to find a new way to sell their product, which is considered to be a poisonous product, in a more discrete way.

    The subject of politics is always relevant to business in America. In Thank You for Not Smoking, a politician’s major objective is to put “Poisonous” labels on cigarette packs. While they had a great amount of information to back up there belief that cigarettes are unhealthy, Nick Naylor’s argumentative nature seems to be a battle that the politician is unable to win. This shows how the government is a major factor and possibly, competitor in the business world. It can help and hurt a product.

  123. Donelle Bailey

    “Thank you for smoking” is a very interesting movie which highlights what it really means to put 100% into your job. Even though smoking has its health risks, lobbyist Nick Naylor goes above and beyond to try and persuade persons that it’s ok to smoke. Making the job look easy at first, Nick is faced with difficulties throughout the movie, especially when he is publicly humiliated by a reporter for divulging information pertaining to his job and his personal life.

    I think that even though the film was very comedic it managed to illustrate in a clear manner the trials and tribulations that persons go through in the business world. It highlighted such issues as bribery and losing potential market share within a particular demographic. It also highlighted strategic visioning/marketing, product placement and the art of negotiating. Overall I give this movie two thumbs up.

  124. Upon reflecting on the plot and furthermore Nick Naylor, I completely see why “Thank You for Smoking” was put on the list of films to screen. “Thank You for Smoking” is loaded with text book concepts such as but not limited to: SWOT analysis, role of government in big business and business ethics. “

    Throughout the course of the movie Naylor brings the aforementioned concepts to the foreground. For starters, Naylor’s ability to think fast on his feet allows him to almost instantly perform a SWOT analysis on the talk show he has been invited to and then implement Big Tobacco’s new found strategy seamlessly. This is just one of the countless times Naylor is constantly surveying the “playing field” and then adjusting his strategy accordingly. Another great example of this is in his dealings with the federal government.

    Naylor does an exceptional job at bringing to life the role of government in big business. Naylor aids in showing there is a fine line between the federal government takings a Laissez-faire approach to big business verse too much government oversight. The film does a great job in suggesting that the government should act in the interests of the people but at same time there should be a line firmly drawn in the sand. This is no better argued than when Naylor states that: “…if we’re going to put a skull and cross bones on cigarettes then we might as well put it on Vermont cheddar cheese too…”

    Finally, Nick Naylor’s character is a great example of business ethics or lack thereof in what seems like all big business. Through Naylor’s actions and words it becomes increasingly clear that a person in his profession needs to have a lack of morals. In other words; “the truth is relative, pick one that works…” because at the end of the day if it pays the mortgage and you don’t lose sleep, does it really matter if you are without ethics?

  125. There are many companies in the world who get a bad reputation for the products they produce. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are three of the most scrutinized products in the American market to date. However the worst of the three is of coarse tobacco. Today tobacco is the leading cause of cancer and circulatory related deaths throughout the world. This ultimately produces a bad reputation for the multi-billion dollar per year industry. Anti-smoking critics legally attack this industry everyday through the passing of laws and persuasive advertising in order to rid the world of cigarette smoking, and needless to say, this is bad for business.
    “Thank you for smoking” creates a formidable demonstration of who is targeted and recruited as a “necessary” means of survival of publicity for big tobacco companies. In an era where affirmation and proof are becoming more and more necessary for an accumulating death toll, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that cigarettes kill. However, a moral flexibility and persuasive vernacular certainly helps to fulfill the role as devils advocate.
    Nick Naylor is a smooth talking lobbyist who sees everything in color as opposed to black and white. He fights for the Big tobacco companies through compelling arguments and persuasive speeches to allow for sympathy and support. He is the candidate of choice when it comes to being able to flip the script on obvious facts to allow a just cause. This guy will agree with you one hundred percent on something you hate, and then as he’s agreeing with you verbally show you your ignorance in your way of thinking and then show you the light.
    Regardless of how a person like Nick Naylor is viewed, every company needs an individual who can be the front man of an undesirable yet reputable company. In theory, it’s not Nick Naylor we are watching and learning from, it’s the idea of Nick Naylor and the person we all aspire to be. Company’s need a person who can think fast on there toes and be acute when it comes to answering questions, making statements, and being the face of the company or industry.

  126. Thank You for Smoking is humorous peek into the politics of smoking and the endless strategic recruitment of new smokers, as tobacco companies hang on to their right to mass commerce by a very thin line.
    The movie drives home the painfully obvious point that smoking cigarettes is a dangerous and unproductive pastime. They do a good job of making smokers feel foolish for falling prey to the manipulation tactics of the tobacco companies who pull out every trick in the book to convince teenagers and young adults that smoking is cool.
    All n all the movie shows that if you’re a n industry that holds as much command and demand as the Tobacco industry, that no matter the rulles or regulation your industry will still survive and be very successfull.
    And if your business is an industry powerful enough the government always has a secret ply of helping you while showing face for the public.

  127. Movie Thank You for Smoking is very funny satire showing the tabaco industry going trough major changes in its macroenvironment. This movie shows the difficuties that cigaret company is facing and its strong will and great amount of money that keeps the company in business.
    The major change of the macroenvironment of the tabaco industry is change in societal values and lifestyle of population. Cigarets aren’t “cool” anymore. As the company tries to make more sales and attract new customers, more and more factors of the macroenvironment change as well.
    Furthermore, Nick Naylor navigates the company between potentially dangerous and career ending options and solutions for the company’s troubles. For example to react to changing societal values and lifestyle, Nick contacts movie production and demands that the movie stars in the movie have to smoke cigarets. He wants to make cigarets “cool” again.
    As movie progresess, another factor of macroenvironment starts changing. It is the legislation and regulation. One senator wants to put a picture on every cigaret pack meaning that it is poison.
    This movie illustrates how difficult it is for a company to change their business strategy and vision when facing change in social values and lifestyle. It is a good example of how the company did not realize its infliction points, until it was too late. However the most dramatic part is that even after the cigarets were proven to have negative effects on health and there is this big push for living healthy – tabaco industry works well after all of this. I mean they survived.
    All the campaign money, bribery, secret plans with movie production, employee such as Nick Naylor and everything else they did helped them to survive and continue to help them in future.

  128. Michael Lichtman

    Thank You For Smoking is an incredible movie that gives the viewers a glimpse of the tobacco industry and its changing drivers. The main character, Nick Naylor, has an extremely difficult job- he is a lobbyist for big tobacco. He is their spokesman; he must make sure the image of smoking remains constant and reject all new legislation that may force revenue losses for tobacco companies. This movie shows all of the many changes and adaptations the big tobacco and its lobbyist must take due to the many drivers of the industry.
    Firstly, Nick Naylor is a genius at spinning the truth. He is able to go on talk shows with “cancer boy” and divert attention from the cause of his cancer to a new ad campaign against teen smoking. Nick is able to change the situation to make sure big tobacco looks good at all times. How is he able to spin the dialogue on the talk show so that it looks like big tobacco actually wants to prevent teen smoking! His spin on that talk show was an example of how new and innovative ideas such as “prevention of teen smoking” can help a companies’ image, even if they do not believe in the cause. Public image is extremely important, and big tobacco is always trying to find new strategies to help sell their products.
    Nick’s great idea to have celebrities smoking in their new movies was innovative and extremely smart. Nick’s goal was to change the face of cigarettes and change consumer opinion about them. He wants to get rid of the health issues and have consumers focus on the attractiveness of them. By havng two Hollywood stars light up a “sector 7” after a sex scene in space is a new way for tobacco to advertise to the public. Having a new cigarettes be released at the same time called “sector 7’s” was the perfect idea.
    Lastly, a governor wants to put a poison label on all cigarettes to show the “true label”. Nick must defend the big tobacco companies and stop the label from passing. Instead of arguing that his defense is right, he argued that the governors label was wrong, thereby making him right. He diverted the real question of the label and blamed parents for not teaching their children the right thing to do. He even attacks the governor for having profited from making cheese (the real number one killer in the country). The governor, although unable to win, was a real factor in the industry. If this label was passed, the government would have played a huge role in the downfall of the cigarette companies. This movie showed the potential driver of the government being able to change an entire industry by passing new legislation.

  129. I found that this movie is very “American,” in terms of how it initially even glorify the life of Nick Naylor to some extent. Of course the movie relates to the issue about ethics, bribery, and the relationship of government with national corporation. It shows the humor, wit, and resistence Nick carries with him not only to survive everyday life with a sane mind when he is treated as if he is responsible for all the death caused as a result of smoking cigaretts, but also to take his son to the business trip and give him the life lesson from the “heroic daddy’s” point of view. Yes, Nick is an intelligent and courageous man, who does not move his eye brow a bit when he sits next to the little sick boy from lung cancer and being challenged to turn around the hateful mood in the room, which of course is not a problem for Nick with his dramatic vocal intonation and theatrical body language. His son, unsurprisingly, shows Nick’s trait in him, flawlessly arguing against his mom and winning debating contest. Nick does not teach his son anything unethical, and by all means his principle of not letting authority gets into your head is rather important nowadays where the president is able to start a war by using shallow rhetoric. So why do I feel such a uneasiness everytime when the screen focuses on Nick’s impressive presentations, and cannot help thinking about what his son will be like in ten years? Will his son also be a lobbyist trying to save the tabacco industry which his father could not finish, or working for cellphone industry this time and giving leactres denying the correlation between cellphone usage and brain cell damage? I am pretty sure that there are hundreds of young audiences out there, who feel sympathy toward Nick (someone’s got to do the dirty job) and moreover being enchanted by the magic of public speech. They will be encouraged to join the leadership program offered by schools, which a lot of time exist to be written on the resumes, or contribute to the growing percentage of applicants to law schools. We are in America where people wants to be heard and if you don’t give out the best presention you will be screwed at the office. This movie is so American in a way it gives foreigners another chance to laugh about how sometimes how you say it is much more important than what you say in this country and we all know what this ultimately leads to.

  130. Thank You For Smoking follows the life of Nick Naylor, the Chief Spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies. Looking into the life of a lobbyist clearly demonstrates the strong tie between business and government. In this movie, Nick Naylor spends a lot of time speaking with politicians, specifically a Senator from Vermont. Naylor speaks on behalf of big tobacco against Senator Finistirre’s attempt to put a skull and cross bones on cigarette boxes. This specific example shows how government decisions can significantly affect business.
    This movie also references the importance of marketing and advertising. As a lobbyist, Nick Naylor is basically a human advertisement for tobacco. Beyond this the movie shows how Naylor tries to subliminally market cigarettes through movies. Naylor wants to incorporate cigarettes into “classic romantic moments” in movies in order to make people think about cigarettes when they think about romance and love.
    In addition, I think that this movie is in large part about ethics in business. When ethical behavior in business is usually spoken about it is in reference to companies doing illegal things to better themselves. I think that it is interesting to see an ethical dilemma that is more about a moral obligation than a legal one.
    Lastly, this movie showed an interesting perspective on the use of statistics. Throughout the film Naylor and other characters use statistics to help prove their points. It is interesting to see how little the numbers actually mean and how the way those numbers are used can completely change the meaning of them. Throughout the movie Naylor is able to make the most obvious facts about cigarettes sound false even when there are countless statistics that disprove what he is saying.

  131. Zachary Blaze Buckter

    Thank You For Smoking is a movie that shows the manipulative ways of large corporations in the United States, specifically the tobacco industry. Nick Naylor is a lobbyist for the tobacco industry whose job is to fight for cigarettes. Even though nearly everyone in the country knows that cigarettes are so dangerous, Nick is able to talk his way into convincing people that they might not be that bad. He is able to use words to manipulate people to keep cigarettes on the shelves and in the hands of teenagers, cigarette companies’ target market. Despite the obvious anti-cigarette message of the movie, the manipulation that Nick uses is rampant in all industries of business. All companies have people out there fighting for their product. Many companies will use product placement in movies as a way to market their product. However when Nick is doing this for cigarettes it is seen as morally wrong because of the danger of the product.
    This brings up an interesting moral dilemma. Is Nick doing something wrong by doing his job? Like he says, “everyone needs to pay a mortgage.” However by fighting for cigarettes isn’t he really killing hundreds of thousands of people? There is clearly a fine line between doing your job and being ethical. This is an important issue that managers in all companies face. They have to do what is best for their company but have to be sure to remain ethical otherwise they will cause serious damage to their image.
    Overall, Thank You For Smoking is an interesting comedy that makes the audience think about the companies they so often buy from. Are consumers being manipulated by these companies? Often times the answer would be yes. Are these companies operating ethically? Many times the answer would be no. This is just how it is an its up to the American public to decide if it matters.

  132. Thank you for smoking really attacks the issue of whether it is ethical to promote and protect the tobacco industry. The promotion and protection come from Nick Naylor, who is able to promote cigarettes through superior talking skills. The main issue about this movie is whether it is ethical and within moral standards to promote and convince people that smoking may not be that bad for you when it is proven that cigarettes will can will you. So is it ethical for companies to hire people to promote products that could eventually end up killing you? There is and always will be and argument over this subject and until it becomes illegal (which i dont believe it ever will) people will always promote products such as cigarettes.

  133. Samantha Geasey

    As a lobbyist Nick Naylor for the tobacco industry he is forced to deal with an ethical conflict of interest. Although he does a good job of dealing with it throughout the movie I think that you slowly get to see the events chip away at his hard exterior and he is less able to cover up things with his wit. I think that this movie does a great job of portraying the presence of moral conflict in the business world. Yes people are just trying to pay the mortgage, which I also thought was a great reoccurring joke in this movie, but they are also dealing with personal beliefs.

    His mob squad meetings also show how they deal with what their industries actual represent and how the deal with the ridicule and bad press. Even Nick couldn’t take the blows for so long and he ends up not taking the job offered by the tobacco executive. He’s clearly thinking of his son and even though he says the right thing about personal choice in the hearing, I honestly don’t believe he would hand his son a pack of cigarettes on his 18th birthday.

    So like I said I think this movie was more than just how the media can influence an industry and how people use it in their favor as often as possible, but about ethics in the workplace.

  134. Drew Hanessian

    Thank You For Smoking and Nick Naylor made me laugh, surely a good starting point for any film (particularly a compulsory one). In particular the scenes with his son, helping him to write a paper, getting his mom to let him go on the trip to California, brought back memories of my own childhood summed up in one phrase, “bullshit.”

    Bullshit is Naylor’s playground. It is the mortar with which he builds his flexible, shifting, and accommodating house of lies for his clients. Thinking on his feet? This guy solves the Rubix Cube while parachuting behind enemy lines, naked. Despite his questionable ethics (not because of them) I find him…heroic.

    As a child and adolescent I stumbled upon the theory that anything can mean anything. I can write an essay with practically no research or effort and receive a good grade. I can make myself attractive to teachers, parents, friends, girlfriends and teammates by adjusting facets of my personality at the right times and in the right places. Make the unreal real and vice versa. This is what Nick does, and he is as good at it as I would ever strive to be. It certainly has its disadvantages, his lifestyle, but when it comes down to it, just about everyone who meets him walks away liking him (if he wants them to) and that makes his successful and his life better.

    The other business aspects of this movie have been covered (ad nauseaum) in the previous postings…to hell with them. If I could, I would graduate in three months with a B.S. in B.S., just like Nick.

  135. Thank You For Smoking follows the life of Nick Naylor who is a Spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies. In this movie, Nick Naylor lobbies against a Senator from Vermont who wants to put skull and crossbones on cigarette cartons in order to display the hazardous risks of smoking. Government decisions such as these can effect business decisions and practices such as the advertisement and selling of tobacco products. The importance of marketing and advertising is made apparent in this movie. Nick Naylor is essentially a walking billboard. He is what’s called a “spin doctor.” He is able to manipulate conversations and situations in order to put a positive light on his ideas and ideals. He always seems to find a way to make the tobacco industry seem innocent and maybe even the good guy if that’s possible. Beyond this, the movie shows how Naylor tries to market cigarettes through movies. Naylor wants to incorporate cigarettes into movies in order to use celebrity advertising to get a more positive image of cigarettes out there. I also think that this movie greatly discusses ethics in business. This isn’t about breaking laws like typical unethical dilemmas are about, but about the moral obligation that Naylor and the tobacco industry face. I really enjoyed watching this movie due to its comedic nature on a very touchy and sensitive subject, but yet it was very informative and educational. This is a good movie to watch for industries that are seen negatively in the public light and want to learn about ways to twist things in their favor.

  136. “Thank You for Smoking” in an engaging movie with the captivating protagonist, Nick Naylor. Nick seamlessly engages in discussions with school-children to politicians while twisting their words without notice or their ability to instinctively counter.

    This movie brings to the forefront the power of lobbyists and marketing power of big corporations. Nick has the difficult task of defending the tobacco industry in front of national leaders as well as on television talk shows. Lobbyists have long been known for having an immense impact on many government policies. This movie shows a great deal about the procedures that companies and government go through to benefit/pass their causes, either for what the public sees as “good” or “bad”.

    This brings CSR into question. Businesses want to make a profit, but at what cost. In the past decade CSR has become increasingly popular…from personal to environmental health. Some lobbyists, such as Nick Naylor must be mentally tough, for what they know and tell the public, and for what they know and do not tell the public. This also goes for politicians who are influenced negatively by these people or try to benefit from them.

    It is important for the public – the consumers – to recognize deception by businesses or personal interests when it comes to lobbyists or leaders seeking self gain.

  137. Surely, the film focuses on the dynamics of government legislation and business. We can also see the role that the media plays negotiating these two entities not always in the public’s ultimate benefit since the potential gains in such a large industry are of enormous magnitude. As the film begins to unravel, and characters take a clearer shape, it seems to me that the most important thing we learn through Nick Naylor is the importance of education through information and not through legislation. Thats not to say that I agree with Nick’s job but there are many people out there who lobby and market things I don’t agree with. Should I try to pass legislation against those things???

    I think we (government and society in general) need to do all we can to make sure everyone – especially the younger generation – receive the most information possible to make wise choices; and I don’t necessarily mean tobacco.

    As far as business goes, I think this film really forces people to examine business, politics, and journalism with a magnifying lens. Unethical behavior is widespread in those areas and as citizens and consumers we must always be alert about the information that comes our way.

  138. Steven Goldman

    “Thank You For Smoking” offers a comedic perspective in the business dealings of American tobacco companies. It features actor Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor, a talented spokesman who uses has a natural gift in public speaking to try to show tobacco companies in a positive light. As the movie is a comedy, Nick has to display his company’s evidence that there is no link between smoking and lung cancer and prevent the senate from passing a bill to put a skull and bones symbol on the cigarette cartons. There are many parallels in this movie to the tobacco industry. The first parallel is that the film laughs at the fact that many tobacco companies have tried in the past to convince the public that their products are not harmful. Nick is successfully able to con the public in agreeing with his ridiculous point view. While exaggerated in the movie, it does show that any argument could be won if stated in the right way. The second parallel deals with business ethics. Nick in the movie goes on public television and has to use his linguistic skill to override the words of a cancer patient. It is not an ethical or moral thing to do and jokes at how inconsiderate the tobacco industry can be. The tobacco industry has been under fire from many organizations over the years as it produces products that are harmful and addictive. In the past they targeted their ads at children to get them hooked young, and while many of the worst advertising moves have stopped completely, the tobacco business is still a huge industry. In the end, the movie raises questions of profit and power. Is it ethical to make money off a product that is addictive?

  139. “Thank You For Smoking” is one of the few movies that takes the time to assess the life of a tobacco lobbyist and consider all of the responsibilities involved in the defending the public image of such an unpopular industry. To hold the position that Nick Naylor holds, one must be flexible and adaptable to all of the continued attacks and negativity that comes upon his industry. The industry is a popular enemy for any organization looking to create goodwill and Naylor is responsible for fending off all of these seemingly justified accusations.

    The tobacco industry is continually being changed by scientific research, new laws, and popular beliefs about cigarettes. According to the movie, cigarette production exploded during World War I as movie stars began to smoke and the public viewed it as an attractive and sexy habit. Then in 1952, when health research about cigarettes came to light, the tobacco industry was forced to defend their product and convince the world that it was not as harmful as scientists portrayed it to be. The most recent battle for big tobacco was the legislation proposed to put a poison symbol on cigarette packages. All of these drivers caused significant change to the industry and forced tobacco to adapt quickly or else prepare to lose significant sales.

    The tobacco industry does not have to fend off the same types of competitors that other industries do. There are no substitutes or rivals to big tobacco since no other product will give the same nicotine rush that a cigarette can. Instead, tobacco industry’s greatest competitor are health organizations, government taxation and regulation, and a consumer base which dies much faster than any other. “Thank You For Smoking” offers the keen insight required to analyze an industry that is truly unlike any other.

  140. Kaitlin Johnsen

    Thank You for Smoking is a satirical comedic drama that portrays the influences and business practices of the tobacco industry. The film deals with legislation issues, bribery, parental issues, and how industries use the act of negotiation as a tool to win over the public. I think the movie is demonstrating how powerful public speaking is, and if someone is very good at it, they can argue any side, no matter what is right or wrong. Of course, good public speaking will only go so far if the public is not easily influenced. Thank You for Smoking satirizes societies capricious values and lack of personal judgment. Nick Naylor’s ability to spin the truth and lobby on behalf of a cancer causing product and still sound ethical is something very little people can do. The movie in a way embraces and idolizes Nick Naylor for this, and makes him heroic. I think marketing plays the most important role in cigarettes, and with the government taking away some of the marketing freedom, this movie shows how the tobacco companies would react. The way Naylor markets himself as a person, how he claims he is trying to stop teenagers from smoking, and his overall persona, give him the upper hand in the arguments. He even states “if you argue correctly, you are never wrong.” Although the film also deals with external threats (government, family, morals) to the tobacco operations, the power of persuasion within negotiation is the major theme of the film.

  141. The movie “Thank You For Smoking” is pertinent to the study of business management, as it touches upon many concepts we’ve encountered in our previous classes and will come across in the real world. This movie illustrates government’s role in business, advertising and marketing techniques, and the main, underlying issue of ethical responsibility.

    The role government plays in the business world is seen in this film in Naylor’s fight against the U.S. Senate. While the government wishes to pass a bill forcing cigarette companies to alter their packaging by placing a skull and crossbones on the box, Naylor suggests to instead aim advertising and marketing campaigns toward making cigarettes appear sexier to consumers. Naylor suggests to his boss, B.R., that they convey this sexy image to customers by having actors begin smoking cigarettes on camera. Both Naylor’s fight against the Senate and his proposals to make unhealthy cigarettes seem attractive to consumers places a major business concern front and center; a key issue in any business is the concept of ethical responsibility.

    The role of ethics is a concern in this film because Naylor’s job is to positively promote an unhealthy product that is linked to lung cancer, and therefore, the deaths of many people, to thousands of consumers on a daily basis. One can only question, is it ethically responsible to make customers feel as if they’re consuming a sexy, attractive product if that is what your job title entails? Ethics also comes into play regarding reporter Heather Holloway’s alleged relationship she begins with Naylor in order to get insider information for the piece she is writing about him. This movie is greatly informative and really puts business concepts we’ve been exposed to in class into play in a real-life scene.

  142. “Thank You For Smoking” was a really enlightening movie. Although I have learned previously about the unethical business practices of tobacco companies (i.e. marketing to young children, lying about the effects of cigarettes on humans, etc.) this movie was really eye opening in terms of how it focused specifically on Nick Naylor, the vice president and spokesman of The Academy of Tobacco Studies. It is unbelievable to me that people like Nick, who KNOW what cigarette smoking does to people, can actually defend the tobacco industry and lobby for their supposed “rights.” What makes it even worse is that Nick has a young son, who I’m sure he would not want smoking.

    The movie really shines a light on just how ruthless executives can be when trying to make a profit. Even though Nick kind of does the right thing in the end, I do not necessarily praise him for his actions. He does not really do anything to make up for his previous wrongdoings on behalf of the tobacco industry, which is sad to me.

  143. Most of the businesses directly or indirectly act unethically. Tobacco companies maybe one of the greatest unethical companies in the world.

    In the movie we can see that with the figures of money, celebrities, sex, men, and the power of the words tobacco companies easily have an impact on people’s mind.

    Businesses behave unethically with the lack of written rules, however, to act ethically there is no need to have written ethical rules. Some ethical rules are verbal. Tobacco companies hire the best lawyers to prevent their rights but the world is changing very fast, because of that written rules always come behind. Proactive managers should think about possible unethical actions.

    Most probably the businesses is going to be same in the future, and most of the people is going to keep working for them, and defend them like Naylor. Those will be promoted, will stay in that business, and earn money.

  144. Thank You For Smoking represents the corporate American dream. Nick Naylor himself as a character personifies that idea of the tobacco conglomerate. Rich and successful, to the average american, he is a murderer, hated by politicians and do-gooders alike. But like the average american he needs to pay the mortgage — the excuse that people do the extremes to simply pay the bills and survive. However successful Nick Naylor is a lobbyist who has that “moral flexibility” to defend the disenfranchisement of corporate america — a defender of the defenseless (companies that cannot offer clear explanations for their actions). He exemplifies the idea of challenge and risk taking so often seen in our own society. As a lobbyist, he can put a play on words that can twist one seemingly strong argument into something seemingly pointless. He uses different tactics and strategies of argument to his advantage. For example the “cancer kid,” a seemingly one way argument of a dying kid that developed cancer clearly through smoking, Naylor turns the argument around that the tobacco industry would only be losing the “cancer kid” as a potential lifelong consumer. It is an economic disadvantage for the kid to die. His tactic is to nullify the situation of negotiation and brings upon the situation of an argument, in which no side can win. I feel that this movie is above all, a movie abut ethics. Sure it is the “ethical” thing to stop selling cigarettes, but then again, businessmen would not have the ability to earn those billions of dollars that they do per annum. It is also interesting to see that while business dealings aside, everything becomes a number, a statistic. Such as the argument about human death toll per industry. It is no longer a “person” that is dying, but just an additional number. Statistics become just numbers and with enough money and the right people, it is easy to disprove or draw an inconclusive solution to once “solid answers.” @Lillian – I also saw it as a moral standpoint. Sure selling tobacco makes money, and Naylor admits that he can be morally flexible, in the end while applied to his own life, he believes whole heartedly in just “making a responsible decision.” At what extent, will a company go to make a profit? But like I mentioned above, the people who are at the highest positions, no longer see people as people, but as numbers, as profits, as dollars. And while the population continues to grow, there is an endless supply of consumers relative to the supply of cigarettes. Pointing also to the moral responsibility of an individual. Relative to obesity, just because Mcdonald’s produces burgers and fries, does it necessarily mean that a consumer must consumer the 1200 calories burger and fries while he has the additional options of buying a 700 calorie salad (that may or may not be healthier or have any nutritional value in addition)? Needless to say, Americans know that consuming x amount of bad calories in excess to the regular requirement + a sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity, and that certain habits are harmful to the human body, yet decide on their own that they would choose to eat a high caloric/cholesterol diet. At the same time it is wide knowledge that tobacco is harmful, yet most people choose* at first to take on this habit (needless to say it does become an addiction afterwards with dire consequences). And there are options to quit, as hard as it may be. At what point do we point the fingers and blame the corporations and what point do we blame ourselves for our own decisions? The lines are clearly blurred in this movie, and I believe in real life that’s how companies who do unethical things can get away with it; because there aren’t any strict guidelines, or there are unimaginable loopholes. Strategically on a company’s perspective, it is easier to just lose* a figure that is harmful for the company’s image – and at the right moment, offer the same position to the same person for a different reason… I mean you do have to look out for the best interest of the company, right? I would also like to mention, but not go too in depth with the idea that with the right marketing and advertising, one can sell anything and that this film is proof that certain industries, government and related industries/companies are affected. A decision by a company no longer only affects its own company.

  145. “Thank You for Smoking” has many relevant business concepts. The movie portrays the hidden aspects of a business and shows the negative aspects in business (usually profit-driven). In “Thank You for Smoking”, Nick Naylor, Vice President and the chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies (Tobacco Institute) must judge whether the tobacco sales are moral. He must weigh two alternatives, morality or profitability. The movie shows how money is more important than morality in the eyes of many people. It kind of shows the “the end is justified by the means” mentality. If you can pay off your rent, then profit not morality is important. Also, if Nick can’t complete his mission of successfully persuading the government, he will lose his job. “Thank You for Smoking”, also shows how cigarette producers are trying to portray an illusion of harmless-smoking. The movie shows how cigarette companies how they are trying to deceive the government. All in all, “Thank You for Smoking” shows the differences between profitability, morality, advertising and perception.

  146. Gaston Depusoir

    “Thank For Smoking” is very interesting movie that takes a comedic approach to exposing the faults and wrong doings of the tobacco industry. The tobacco industry has been at the center of the ethical firestorm that has befallen corporations due to its unethical handling of a lot of corporate decisions. This movie does a good job of exposing the tobacco industry and their lobbyists and hopefully provides a guideline for other industries as well.

    The principles in this movie can definitely be applied to the events of the current financial crisis. Executives in the financial crisis used tricks to mislead their clients as to the nature of their financial products, similar to how the tobacco industry misled the public about the health risks associated with smoking cigarettes

  147. Thank you for smoking is a very interesting take on the tobacco industry. While many people may be inclined to consider people like Nick Noley to be negative parts of our society, it is important to realize that they play a crucial role in our system. For companies like tobacco companies, which have to advertise campaigns that go against their own product line, it is important that they release some voice on behalf of themselves. While it is hard to argue that cigarettes are not harmful, they still are not illegal. Therefore the companies that produce these items still should have the opportunity to make a profit.
    The tobacco industry is also unique in the fact that many of the pressures and forces that we talk about in class do not actually come from rivals or competitors. Much of the heat that these companies face and have to spend money to deal with come from entities (i.e government) that have entire teams with an agenda to destroy the entire industry. There business model and tactics that they use must account for this.

  148. James J. Kelly

    Thank You For Smoking details the trials and tribulations experienced by the tobacco industry in latter part of 20th Century America. Amid growing public scrutiny regarding the negative health effects caused by cigarette smoking, the movie’s central character, a lobbyist for Big Tobacco named Nick Naylor (played by Aaron Eckhart) , embarks on a battle to change the image of the tobacco industry. From accusations that the authorities trying to reduce underage smoking are in reality those who are profiting from cancer related deaths to suppositions that nicotine patches are the “real” killer and cigarettes, in fact, are the “life saver,” Naylor cleverly puts his skills at “talking” to the purpose of spinning the facts, albeit charismatically, into favorable arguments in support of Big Tobacco. The viewer cannot help but feel a sense of shock at the ridiculous claims he purports, yet communes with Naylor’s suave style and natural ability to argue superiorly, no matter how dismally positioned the facts seem to be set against him.
    Pertaining to the Industry Analysis, Thank You For Smoking provides the viewer with a fairly realistic narrative of the tobacco industry as a whole. In terms of market size and growth rate, the industry clearly faces a saturated U.S. market with limited growth due in large part to growing public awareness of negative health related side effects from smoking. The movie does not detail all the competitors, but it seems to group all tobacco companies into a sort of fraternity based on mutual survival, where the remaining tobacco companies are allied against increased governmental regulation. The entry and exit barriers are the amount of regulation as well as the dwindling growth opportunities resulting from negative societal pressure towards cigarette smoking. This leaves any possible entrants pessimistic about ability to capture market share, which greatly lessens the desire to enter the industry. Technological change has two implications. The more minor is the reduction in operating costs stemming from improved plant efficiency. The other is the novel, yet misleading, health improvements to the cigarettes seen when Naylor speaks of a tobacco executive’s creation of cigarette filters, which were largely ineffectual but reused the public into believing they were smoking a “healthier” cigarette. Finally, the movie suggests profitability to remain at its current levels in the short-term, as a result of the high number of already addicted consumers. However, long-term profitability is skeptical due to the low proportion of young users.
    Industry drivers also play a significant role. The internet increased sharing of health data, which allowed large scale studies to be carried out. It was these studies which led to a widely held acceptance that long term cigarette use poses several dangerous health effects. E-commerce has no important role in the sale of cigarettes. Globalization of the industry has allowed many companies to survive by opening foreign markets to cigarette sales. Changing societal concerns and attitudes, increased regulation of advertising and sales to minors, an inability to innovate a cigarette without health risks, consumer preferences moving away from cigarette smoking as something “cool,” and poor long term growth outlook provide an overall poor outlook for success in the industry. However, the movie accurately shows that in spite of increased consumer knowledge, some people simply do not care and will smoke anyway, so in the near future it is likely that tobacco industry will continue survive, pressed on by those just trying to “pay their mortgages.”

  149. Latoya Jn. Baptiste

    “Thank You For Smoking” is a great movie that depicts the real world situations and decisions that companies make when considering/using strategic management. We all know that smoking kills millions, leads to a shorter life span and can effect your breathing, appearance and body odor. However, the main character did a good analysis of understanding the attitudes of the companies’ consumers and came up with a great way to overcome those obstacles to continue to promote cigarettes. It was great that he had an open mind about things and looked at every situation from every angle. I also thought that it was a good idea to teach his son to always ask why and never take anyone’s answer as final say. However, I also felt that he created a bad environment for his son to grow and learn in. There is no justification for a 9 or 10 year old to bear witness to obscene language, guns and violence. As his father, the main character should have protected his son a little better to prevent such occurrences from happening in the future.
    The movie also has a lot of ethical implications and questions the ways in which business owners use conniving strategies and charismatic spokespersons in order to convey the financial goals of the organization. The main character noted, in the movie, that he was not trained to do that specific job but the reason that he remained successful in doing so was because of his flexible morals. “Flexible morals” implicates that he doesn’t really stand for anything at all and mainly does whatever he can to pay the mortgage.

  150. Thank you for smoking is the story about the tobacco industry fighting with the public health awareness community. Facing accusations and scientific proofs about the harmfulness of smoking cigar, Nick was the man who responsible to strip-out those tactics intended to place one at a disadvantage to advantage. From this movie, I feel like there is never one thing is completely right or wrong. It only depends whether you have the ability to see it from a different angle.

    At the same time, the film forces us to focus on the nature of message twisting, and other communication and negotiation strategies used as much to confuse as to clarify. As a mediator, Nick could not refuse to deal with morally tainted issues but rather, to be able to constructively use those same tactics to his advantage.

  151. Irfan Hakverdi

    “Thank You for Smoking” is an amusing and interesting movie that illustrates the war between the government and big tobacco companies. The protagonist Nick Taylor, a gifted and convincing speaker, works for a tobacco company. In order to cope with the government regulations and propaganda’s that are aiming to reduce cigarette consumption , Nick Taylor’s job is to give unethical speeches to defend the consumption of tobacco products in the meetings such as the talk shows on TV to encourage people, especially children to smoke. In addition, Nick Taylor comes with the ideas which are using sex appeal and bringing cigarette smoking into the Hollywood movies; so that, people can see what the world famous role models are doing, and they can imitate these role models by consuming more tobacco products which is the main goal of the tobacco companies. Today, the cancerous affects of tobacco consumption is conspicuous, and in the movie the government introduce the new cigarettes packs that will carry a skull picture which will make smoking less appealing. Promoting cancerous tobacco is not only unethical issue in the movie; on the other hand, when Nick goes to the old Marlboro man who is suffering from cancer, and Nick gives him a bribe to keep his mouth shut which would affect the Tobacco companies campaign in a negative way. Besides the government regulations and other movements by various health organizations that are encouraging and helping people stop quit smoking, there are, now, many health clinics that are reducing the profit potential for tobacco oriented businesses.
    The movie illustrates the unavoidable fact in the business world that even though a product or a service is unethical, companies and representatives are using their talent, power and bribery in order to promote their product or service to keep the profits and the business alive.

  152. “Thank you for smoking” shows us the business activities of tobacco industries in the United States in a comedic way. The movie draws attention to business issues like marketing, advertisement, ethics, and the involvements of the government. Besides those, the movie shows the moral conflicts in the business world. Nick Taylor the spokesman for tobacco industries says that he does this job to pay his mortgage like everybody else.
    We see Nick Taylor as the king of marketing. He knows how to talk, how to convince people, and how to deny accusations. What he markets is the reason of this ethics dilemma. He tries to protect the tobacco industries from any possible damage coming from health issues or such by talking. Every time he succeeds, the tobacco companies are going to poison more people. In another point of view, from Nick Taylor’s point of view, “there are millions of other products that are killing just about the same number of the people that are getting killed by cigarettes, if this industry is going to be shut down, there must be more companies along with tobacco”.
    I do not know why, but, I feel like I could do what Taylor does for a living in the alcohol industry, not in tobacco. Even though I know it is impossible, I still think that the whole tobacco industry should shut down.

  153. Jennifer Morton

    Thank You For Smoking touched on several strategies of managing a company as a whole; these strategies including advertising, product placement, charity (however morally unsophisticated), crisis management, etc. It also touched on the role of the manager as an individual in a company working within a team, taking the goal of the CEO (Captain) or higher management and working on its implementation, dealing with not always getting the credit for your work, and trying one’s best to manage when one makes a mistake (such as Nick’s misjudgment of the predicament he got himself into with the reporter). However, there are several elements essential to management that seems to be lacking in this film (however satirical in nature it may be); which may have been the reason tobacco was losing profits from the very beginning of the film. There were certain instances when lower management was able to manipulate the actions of higher management in a manner not conducive to successful further management. The bigger objectives and plans did not seem to have smaller goals within it them specific enough to be able to follow in order to reach the bigger objectives (just get people to smoke by any means necessary). Not to mention the losses from the various immoral activities the Tobacco Company was involved in. Although from the prospective of Porter’s Five-Forces Model they have “five star industry” where buyers are addicted and there are no real substitutes (until you reach specific brands of cigarettes), there really is no room for new entrants (tobacco is tobacco), and the suppliers again have the advantage of those who must have it; it is the moral aspect (which should hold higher prevalence in this model in reference to this “industry”) which leads to the further breakdown of management. In the end, no matter how successful, management will face more difficulty managing if there morals are constantly being called into question. As well, if you are selling a product that it morally questionable it will be more difficult to manage as one tries to constantly juggle/assess its moral implications to a drastic degree. This would be why, as management, they should have foreseen the decline expressed in the beginning of the film.

  154. I think this movie was a really good way of showing how the tobacco industry has had to twist the truth in order to get people to not think smoking kills. In the movie they even described the main character Nick Naylor as the sultan of spin because he has to spin every negative thing against the tobacco industry around into something that isn’t as bad. But, even with all of the negative consequences that come from smoking, people are still going to smoke. I really don’t think putting a poison symbol on cigarette boxes as was suggested in the movie would really make a huge difference. Over the summer I worked with someone who smoked like 2 packs a day. She always complained about all the problems she has because of smoking, and she knows its because of smoking, yet she still smokes. People are always going to smoke even if its known to be bad for you. Education will probably save some people from ever trying to smoke, but if you want to try it, your going to try it.

    As far as the ethical standards that tobacco companies have, I don’t think they should have to put any kind of warning labels on their products. I agree with the movie when it spoke about how people should learn from their parents and school about the dangers of smoking and other drugs. In today’s world kids start getting educated about the dangers of smoking from kindergarten. If they decide to try smoking even after everyone in the world tells them to, then that’s their problem. Tobacco companies shouldn’t have to feel pressured to put warning labels on their products. It should be common sense that smoking long term will eventually kill you.

  155. “Thank You for Smoking” was a very entertaining movie to watch. It’s satirical comedy can be seen as very amusing but takes a realistic, informative look into the tobacco industry. It shows the lengths and steps that large tobacco company have to take in order to counter-attack the waves of negativity against their dear product, the cigarette. The movie subtly shows the evolution of tobacco sales throughout time from when they first started to sell to present-day and the large difference on how society views them. With the heat of the fight against cigarettes on the tobacco companies, the main character, Nick Naylor, is a lobbyist who uses the power of speech, manipulation, and argument to keep the image of the tobacco industry in good light. The movie does not necessarily set an argument against the tobacco industry but it does show how the tobacco industry avoids accusations and manages to stay alive. With the power of speech and argument, the tobacco industry manages to take the blame off of themselves and divert the attention to other factors. This movie is very pertaining to the class because it shows how an industry deals with keeping their consumers. It shows their strategies to fight to keep that market that they once had. It also shows that through time, the market and the consumer changes, and the success of the industry depends on the consumers. Lastly, it also depicts the morals of some industries and illustrates how companies can act unethically. In this case, the tobacco industry does a beautiful job to subtly and discreetly act unethical by using the power of argument, which is personified by the main character. I really enjoyed watching this movie because it showed a realistic view into the morals and strategies that come in play in the war between industries and the government.

  156. “Thank You for Smoking” was a very enlightening movie that displays the wrong doings of the tobacco industry, or any industry, that sells products that are detrimental to people’s health. The movies main character Nick Naylor, referred to as the “sultan of spin”, is a lobbyist for Big Tobacco that speaks publicly for smoking and somehow wins supporters. In this movie it is Naylor’s job to spin everything negative about the tobacco industry around and make it seem as if the product isn’t harmful. Thus earning him that aforementioned nickname.

    The movie also displays how the tobacco industry needs to market their product to gain the most profitability. They wanted to reach out to the movie stars and have them be seen smoking in movies, so that more people would think that smoking is the “cool thing” to do. Naylor however, brings up a good point that smoking should be a personal choice. If people feel the need to smoke, knowing what the consequences are, then that is their own stupid decision.

  157. Thank you for smoking shows us the tobacco industry fighting the public health awareness community. The movie draws attention to business issues like marketing, advertising and ethics. Nick Taylor in the movie is gifted with the talent of speaking. He uses his talent to advertise and market the idea of smoking is cool and awesome. He knows how to talk, how to convince people, and how to deny accusations. What he markets is the reason of this ethics dilemma. He tries to protect the tobacco industries from any possible damage coming from health issues or such by talking. Nick Taylor comes with the ideas which are using sex appeal and bringing cigarette smoking into the Hollywood movies; so that, people can see what the world famous role models are doing, and they can imitate these role models by consuming more tobacco products which is the main goal of the tobacco companies. very time he succeeds, the tobacco companies are going to poison more people. In another point of view, from Nick Taylor’s point of view, “there are millions of other products that are killing just about the same number of the people that are getting killed by cigarettes, if this industry is going to be shut down, there must be more companies along with tobacco” the government regulations and other movements by various health organizations that are encouraging and helping people stop quit smoking, there are, now, many health clinics that are reducing the profit potential for tobacco oriented businesses.
    The movie illustrates the unavoidable fact in the business world that even though a product or a service is unethical, companies and representatives are using their talent, power and bribery in order to promote their product or service to keep the profits and the business alive.

  158. Angela Perrier

    From the opening credits of the movie with the bluegrass-esque song about the nuisance created by smokers every time they must “stop and have a cigarette” to the wisecracks throughout the course of the film, Thank You For Smoking was an interesting satirical yet factual account of the inner workings of the famous and very powerful force to be reckoned with that is the tobacco industry.

    The most interesting part about the film to me was the fact that Nick Naylor wore many hats. To some, he was Santa, the Grand Puba of many people’s bread and butter. Therefore, though the industry was responsible for producing an item that was harmful both short and long-term to people’s bodies and lives, he was praised by those who followed him. On the reverse side of the coin, though, to some he was the Grim Reaper, a monster who had used his position to rise to the ranks of a “killer industry” and may as well have been the direct cause of people’s deaths. Throughout it all, comic relief made the film simple to digest and understand, but the point came across that the effects of tobacco coupled with the millions of dollars that go to make the industry prosper are, indeed, a very serious thing.

  159. Andrea Cuvellier

    Thank You For Smoking was a dramatic satire about the life of a tobacco executive. Throughout the movie we watch as the main character, Nick Naylor, is forced to deal with his career on a day to day basis. He is constantly reminded of the lives ruined by the produced he supports. In response to why he does it, Nick and his other co-workers use the line that they need to pay the mortgage. They also rationalize their work by saying the support the “defenseless” workers, and in their specific case, tobacco farmers.
    When asked if Nick would support his son smoking cigarettes his reply supported purchasing his son’s first pack if that’s what his son decided he wanted. Nick believes that the problem is one of education, and the role of parents to educate their children so that they can grow to make well informed choices.

    In my opinion, Nick Naylor had a great gift of conversation and getting what he wants. He was forced to make a choice based on his own personal values. Nick Naylor constantly found ways to rationalize selling a product that harms others. Instead of finding an industry in which he could use his manipulating conversation for good, Nick found comfort in supporting ideas that were against the general public. Most of the motivating facts that contributed to his comfort was the substantial amount of money that is dumped into the tobacco industry. His comfort being found in financial stability is again reinforced when he goes to help cell phone executives with the idea of cell phones causing cancer. Nick takes a position that is against the public and may be against the health of humans because there is a significant amount of money in the cell phone industry.

  160. Adrienne Martian

    Thank You For Smoking was a dark comedic satire on the cigarette industry. It gave a great inside perspective on the motivations and purpose of lobbyists for less than reputable corporations. Throughout the movie we see a day in the life of Nick Naylor (big tobacco’s #1 lobbyist). Nick’s sole purpose was to spin the truth or facts to mitigate public sentiment regarding tobacco companies.

    My favorite scene from the movie was the argument between the Nick Naylor and MOD squad over deaths related to alcohol, cigarette, and guns each year. Honestly with all the things we know about cigarettes today it’s amazing that people still smoke today. But one of the things that came up in the movie that really stuck with me was the freedom of choice. During the scene where Nick is being interrogated by the Senator of Vermont, Nick highlights the fact that people know that cigarettes are harmful. But it is part of their conscious choice to continue to defile their body. The only true way to prevent people from smoking is to make it illegal. But lobbyists like Nick and lobbyists for tobacco farmer will never allow that to happen. It only goes to show that as much as we try to say that government and business are in separate realms; it couldn’t be even further from the truth.

  161. Leonardo Calvo

    This movie shows the power of the spoken word. The way words can be used as a strategy, in order to convey your message effectively. The movie shows how truths could be disguised and transformed into mindless assumptions. This movie was very interesting and exciting to watch. It truly shows that the power of speech is very real and effective

  162. Thank You for Smoking really sheds light on the relationship between big business and government, particularly in the form of lobbyists and the Tobacco industry. The tobacco industry has shown to be one of constant criticism and scorn, but also one of the most profitable and powerful. However, because of that, one must also consider the various drivers of change in the industry, such as increasing health concerns among consumers, an increased lens on corporate social responsibility, and our media which inundates the minds of future generations. All of these drivers have attributed to the increased scrutiny of the industry and Nick Naylor and the formation of the research institute is their response to the change and their strategy to combat this change and remain profitable. A key point here is that the tobacco industry does not make the decision for its consumers to continue consumption of their products, but unsurprisingly, the addictive nature of their products is what will probably keep this harsh lens on the industry alive for many years to come.

  163. The movie “Thank You For Smoking” is about a lobbyist named Nick Naylor who defends cigarette companies. In this movie, Naylor shows the viewer his skill of speaking to people in a knowledgeable and witty way. Naylor is the go-to in the company when it comes to addressing the public, settling issues, and coming up with ideas to help the tobacco company’s bottom line. Throughout the movie, Naylor is a huge role model for his son, in the sense that, everything should be challenged. A key moment that Naylor’s duties are called upon during the movie is when he is sent to silence a huge anti-tobacco user, the former Marlboro man. Naylor arrives at the Marlboro man’s house with the main goal of paying him off so that he stops bringing the tobacco companies negative publicity. The Marlboro man was ill and Naylor arrived to his house with a briefcase filled with cash. The cash was not a form of bribing the man, it was more of a gift from Naylor’s highest boss, “the Captain”. This is a good example of how important image is to a company. If people are in the news or creating a negative buzz about a product or service, a company is going to act very quickly to extinguish the negativity.

    During the last part of the movie, the court scene Naylor is called upon to defend the tobacco company. There is a part that is stick out to me. Naylor attacks the Senator from Vermont saying that Vermont’s cheddar cheese is contributing to high cholesterol. Meanwhile his cigarettes that he represents kills 1,200 people per day!

    I thought this movie was very entertaining. It shows that tobacco companies, although are selling a product that is harmful, can still have a broad number of loyal customers. Once somebody starts using tobacco or tobacco products, it is very hard to quit. This movie shows that there is a way around every law, that everything can be challenged. Like the example Naylor made with his son about the ice cream flavor.

  164. Frank Jackson

    Thank you for smoking was an extremely interesting movie. There were times where I couldn’t stop laughing because the main character- Nick was just so good at what he did. However, there were definitely moments where I was shocked and a bit disturbed at the politics, power game, and huge gap of asymmetric information that goes on in big industries. I also thought it was interesting that his son was along for the ride with him. It showed a lot of different elements to me. 1. That we should be concern with the example we set for the younger generation. 2. That we should be mindful of the state in which we leave this world in for them. Although Nick was a lobbyist he was still a father, and still a human being. There was a looming theme in this movie– responsibility.

  165. Kattyuska Stamenovic

    “Thank you for smoking” is a good movie that shows the highlights that drives the smoking industry. The main character Nick Naylor argues that it is not the company’s fault that people buy cigarettes but it is their own responsibility to chose what is good or bad for them. This movie is a good example of how corporations, the government and the media work together to attract people’s awareness and if anything bad was said Nick Naylor will twist that into a good thing that will make people believe whatever he wanted them to believe. Nick Naylor’s job shows that in order to win you have to be able to have a good strategy and no matter how bad the product might be if you have a good strategy you will win. Also, through him we see that it is inevitable to be able to adapt quickly to changing situations because that will be what decides if you succeed or not in the business world.

  166. Freddy Aguero

    Thank You for Smoking was an entertaining film and gave me great insight into the struggle the tobacco industry is undergoing. Nick Naylor, VP and chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, has to continuously convince a new generation of customers to smoke. The company must be flexible to deal with different preferences of different times. They are currently being scrutinized by the government, health officials, and general public. It is critical that they find new paths to reach and convince new consumers. Moral issues arise when he starts targeting younger and younger children.

    While watching the movie I wondered how they will be able to reach a new customer base once the public becomes more health conscious. What about when tougher regulations are passed to decrease or ban the use of tobacco in many areas? This industry will have a tough future, if any at all. They have to get more and more creative with their actions. They cannot just depend on lobbying. That would just keep them alive. They mentioned attaining consumers by spoiling him or her to a certain extent. It does not seem ethical to target weak potential consumers and bribe them until they get addicted and become a constant source of income.

  167. Jane Aldridge

    While I watched this movie, the phrase that really popped out was, “morally presumptuous”. In that, telling people not to smoke would be morally presumptuous. I like this phrase so much because (1) it’s ironic – telling people not to do something which contributes to their death isn’t morally presumptuous, it’s responsible and (2) because, well it is presumptuous – America is by nature a free country and no one should try to contain free will. The tobacco industry thrives on this second argument; Nick Naylor’s argument.

    “Thank You For Smoking” follows a tobacco lobbyist, Naylor, and illuminates the reasons as to why he choose to fight for a (debatably, of course) dangerous product. Naylor, along with his fellow Merchants of Death, relies on an industry that effectively kills people. It is Naylor’s belief that everyone deserves a choice and that the American government should not impose warning signs on his product. Senator Finisterre is tobacco’s nemesis – his aim is to require cigarette companies to put the skull and crossbones on the carton. Although he was unsuccessful in the end, the ending narration informs the viewers that Big Tobacco eventually settled with American smokers for a few billion dollars.

    I think in an industry that catches so much bad publicity, the driving factor of change is popular opinion. Nick Naylor’s job was to change popular opinion.

  168. Matthew Maggiacomo

    Thank You for Smoking is a movie about the spin of media and lobbyists in different industries. It was very good to see the perspective of the actual person who is doing the spinning. What makes the movie curiously timely is its emphasis on the process of spin as opposed to the moral content of what is being spun. This is an aspect that is incumbent in the real world. People often over look the true issue at heart and respond only to the vehicle for the actual spin itself. The lead character, Nick Naylor, one of my favorite characters all type, demands sympathy despite being engaged in the reprehensible profession of lobbying for cancer-causing cigarette smoking. Much of the sympathy for Nick as a character is generated by his comfortable relationship with his adoring son Joey. Naylor preaches to Joey about capitalist realism that is often rooted in the real world. At the end of the movie, Nick is put in a spot to choose to continue to endorse cigarettes or not too; He makes the right choice and does what he’s good at. One of my favorite scene’s is the last one with the Cell Phone Executives and the look on their faces at the end. Priceless.

  169. nusta badheer

    Wo My Goodness!!!!

    “For the mortgage!” Is it possible, that Nick is trying to imply in a subtle way – ‘You’re questioning my morals? what about mortgage / insurance companies and banks?’ Because, aren’t they the actual crooks in society? The reason why people spend excessive money; more than they need; and then compromise on their scruples to pay it back? The reason that drives people into suicides because they cant cover their debts?

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