The NHL and Cigarette Companies Have Something Dangerous In Common

June 29, 2016

It’s a good thing there’s no industry that manufactures monsoons. If there were, there would also be industry spokespeople who would take to the microphones whenever there was a flood to argue that there was still no proven link between their product and such “unpredicted deluge events.” Ditto the corporate chiefs at Big Fire, who would insist on more research to prove the link between matches and “home combustion episodes.”

That’s the way it is when you market a potentially dangerous product and want to pretend that it doesn’t really cause the harm every sentient person on the planet knows it does. It’s the way it’s been with the tobacco industry and lung cancer, big oil and global warming and, still, the National Football League and the epidemic of traumatic brain injury among its players.

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