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Tobacco: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas. Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight
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Neil Regan (49 minutes ago)
In Australia, smokers didn't and don't give a crap about the plain packs. It's extreme increases in taxation that meant low income people couldn't afford cigarettes that reduced our smoking rate.
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https://youtu.be/uFH8lwX7eT4
JoshuaApathy Miller (2 hours ago)
Vaping is a big reason that smoking is at an all-time low! Vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking!
S K (1 day ago)
Is it just me or did he make more mistakes in his speech and speech patterns than any other segment that he's done? Love his show, so I watch all his segments and it was weird to see/hear him make that many.
Jarod Farrant (1 day ago)
My dad quit smoking a few years ago, he has some affects from all those years smoking but he’s healthy. If only I can get the rest of my family to quite.
Jennifet Niebla (1 day ago)
Brilliant
The wild Crowbar (2 days ago)
Very left leaning
In what sense was it "very left leaning"? Besides a few comments here and there, overall it was not politically colored. I am not a leftist but I didn't consider it being "very left".
Minh Thu (2 days ago)
My aunt died from lung cancer due to second-hand smoke. And to this day, everytime I see someone smoke cigarettes I get disgusted and think of my uncle (I blame him for "killing" her)
Philip Yuan (3 days ago)
You almost got me there with the Paraguay and Uruguay switch up haha
Pseudonyymi (3 days ago)
Smoking is beneficial to non-smokers. The smokers die younger thus saving pension costs. Thanks, smokers!
Jenny Shull (4 days ago)
Smoking - and breathing in other people's smoke - makes asthma worse over the long term by causing permanent damage to the lungs. It can also trigger asthma symptoms or even an asthma attack in the short term - 82 per cent of people with asthma tell us that tobacco smoke affects their asthma.Cigarette smoke - Asthma UK | Homepagewww.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/smoking/
Jenny Shull (4 days ago)
When I dropped someone off at the local airport I saw people smoking in the enclosed entry ways of that airport. I didn't know people could do that. Of course last time I was there I didn't see any non smoking signs.
Jenny Shull (4 days ago)
Watch a video of a guy who had his jaw removed because he chewed tobacco. Have someone show u oragans of a smoker compared to a non smokers organs. How to stop people from using tobacco.
Filips May (4 days ago)
Jesus christ, is smoking a crime in the US!?!
Kiran P (4 days ago)
Thank God India doesn't have huge influence of international cigarette companies. Our main tabacco company ITC has diversified to other business that only 20-25% of their profit come from cigarette sales.
Hi Hi (5 days ago)
That s unfair 67% , in Bulgaria and Serbia we are laughing at that we got like 90% smookers
Laura Manuel (5 days ago)
<3
Zachary Woodford (6 days ago)
Cigarettes should be illegal. Most dangerous drug in the country.
Somewhere, at some point in time, a Malboro employee (or even the CEO) Saw this clip and screamed his fucking heart out when he heard about Jeff and Jeff's publicity. I have no doubt that happened and I'm loving it
Alex (7 days ago)
I quit cigs for a long time and recently took up tobacco again though I try to avoid manufactured cigs.
Casey Bone (7 days ago)
“Before the female orgasm was invented” is one of the best underrated lines ever.
Daniel Paskucz (7 days ago)
The plain packaging has reached the UK now.. 😂
arlem hedler (8 days ago)
Só fala merda
Nelson NoName (8 days ago)
What if they just... didn't pay?
Jester676 (8 days ago)
Where is the 20 minute clip demonizing alcohol?
Philip (8 days ago)
When I started smoking, a pack costed about €4.30. Now, 4 years later it's €6.70. Still probably the best way to get people to quit smoking.
Jacob Thomas (9 days ago)
Here in the UK we have a similar law for a while now
aguluu (10 days ago)
John Oliver is cool but damn his jokes are bland
Reflect Worship (10 days ago)
amazing review
Kiersten Jayne Rustad (10 days ago)
Awkwardly sitting here smoking a Marlboro cigarette...
Joseph Foran (10 days ago)
Dear Mr. Oliver: Thank You for a very entertaining attempt to getting attention to all the hypocrisy with money and tobacco companies. I really believe You deserve a star for involving all age groups and clearly enlightening anybody that tobacco companies will push their bottom line profit (and, not unlike gas vehicle fuel companies are currently "doing" too) and not exploring opinions in a civilized person form whether their product is "desired", and providing thank you for an option given to invest in Your programming to say that: "they care" (i.e. "Jeff the damaged lung"), and how seemingly they are only fudging the whole big tobacco picture damage to society. That smoke emissions are something living creatures should have a choice about having to tolerate. Nice job, well done, Mr. John Oliver. Any comment in the future will be shorter than this one. :)
Mia S. (10 days ago)
If last week tonight doesn’t at some point make an episode on JUUL I will be severely disapointed
qwyzl (11 days ago)
BRILLIANT!!!
John Doe (11 days ago)
Actually what these countries could do is implement unrealistic tariff on cigaretes.. I'm sure that countries have that right.. I think Oliver exagerated a bit..
Valerie Vedette (11 days ago)
Cigarettes are a form of self harm you know. Some people don’t care that it will kill them. That should definitely be a reason for making it illegal.
Sapphire Otaku (11 days ago)
Keep #Jeffwecan alive.
MiserableOldFart (12 days ago)
A few dozen CEOs of these cigarette companies need to be executed to make things start to improve.
Carl floor (12 days ago)
3,196 Tobacco industry people have disliked this video
LachyM8!!!!!! (12 days ago)
Cigarettes are fucked. But cigars are great
Tony Cortapassi (13 days ago)
How about this, don’t smoke retard, no government coercion needed
The Brilliant Savage (13 days ago)
2:27 That u2 joke was on point 👌
Arty Pickles PvP (13 days ago)
Since tobacco is legal and people justify it by claiming it's a personal choice, then why can't all drugs be a personal choice? Because being a good influence to your children isn't a choice, it's your responsibility, fuckwits. Make tobacco illegal.
pfefferfilm (14 days ago)
So, before, I used to be of the opinion "yea, tobacco companies are somewhat snakey and their products obviously dangerous but free adults can make their own choices" But then I worked at a grocery store where it was my job to order Tobacco. And my god. Over many years, many different reps, different companies; they are slimey as hell, they know damn well their product is deadly and still want to push it... you should see the advertisements they send to vendors, which I'm legally not allowed to show to customers, the persuasive language compared to other vendor-destined products, just, wow. And if you accidentally miss an order window by 5 minutes you can bet you're getting a strongly worded call. I think they hire reps based on their experience in used car dealerships or large corporation lawyers...... I've never been a smoker but tried it once or twice and now I cannot in good conscious give them money even if it's 90% tax.... Here there are heavy laws concerning advertising the sale of tobacco, there's quite a few cheaper shops who had to, say, black out half the letters in their street signs that say they sell cigars, etc. BUT, a few years ago it became law that every single shop that sold tobacco had to display very prominently a sign from the government that says something about tobacco being bad (since they are quite big, they are the more milder ones) and the note that it's illegal to sell tobacco to minors. Real Result: Every single shop in this province that sells tobacco, must, by law, advertise the fact that they sell tobacco. And the government has to foot the bill for those ads. I can't believe that BIg Tobacco had no hand in that. And our downtown got "cheap, easy to maintain ashtrays" attached to all the light standards "to keep our city beautiful" (they were trashed in less than a year and never really maintained, but that's besides the point). And the kicker, It only cost the city $1! Everybody happy! They were $1 because they were heavily sponsored by Phillip Morris. Why. Why oh why. With ads about "how to quit". If you were trying to Quit, but every single block you walked you saw at least 3 reminders of cigarettes.... how long will you keep them off your mind? And TIL "Imperial Tobacco", with it's 'homegrown, Canadian' branding; is identical to British American Tobacco Inc, evidenced by the logo. Like to see good old JTI. Japan Tobacco is still a corporation which is, at least tightly invested in by the government, which obviously sets up quite a lot of conflict of interest when Japan wants to pass tobacco laws. They do produce absolutely graphically beautiful ads in Japan though, presented as "good manners" (Smoking Manners for Adults), in littering and smoking etiquette, but are really quite unabashedly a way to keep smoking in common culture ("smoking is not just for boors!")
Ryan Yeager (15 days ago)
I wish America would just band tobacco in the US I don't care for the tax revenue money that comes from it find another thing to text. This product needs to be illegal it's killing people. Legalize weed in all 50 states that way the smokers can smoke weed instead of tobacco and the state and federal government could get its tax money that way make sure that the marijuana is completely owned by the governments of all the proceeds for selling weed go to the state and federal governments
WLJ-Messaging (15 days ago)
yeah because the same people who detonated over a thousand nuclear devices in our atmosphere not like they sent showers of of microscopic bits of plutonium into sub orbit to rain down on us for years and why did they use metal from a German warship to build satellites, no way they would promoted smoking related deaths they are probably not good for you either way, but people are gonna smoke, see how the war on drugs is going.(friends and neighbors)
John lee (15 days ago)
Last week tonight e cigarette episode
Shawn (15 days ago)
Three years later - the Marlboro mascot is still "Jeff" LOL!!! Just google it!
Rowan Enyeart (15 days ago)
Does anyone realize that you can burn the string with the lighter?
Wutaii1 Nostalgia (16 days ago)
Tobacco Sucks
Citizen I (17 days ago)
As a long time smoker who recently quit cigarettes (although I still vape for the nicotine), THANK YOU!!!
Scoox (19 days ago)
Brilliant!!
Ali Epstein (19 days ago)
Omg I loved this more than words can tell
Jennis Angel (20 days ago)
I know I’m like 3 years late but Jeff is my mood
Calico Cat (21 days ago)
How do they argue against warning people that they're selling cancer on a stick? I've got to wonder, who are they really marketing and selling it for? "The Cultivated Image of Man" or whatever....or CANCER?
David Wakaba (21 days ago)
Lego babies heheeee
Ingo Axton (22 days ago)
That moment when you spot Uruguay on the map before he points it out :D
flori (23 days ago)
There are still cigarette adverts in America??? God that's weird
joliecide (23 days ago)
The Philippines is a huge smoking market, despite the horrid pics on the packaging, and increased regulation by the government. PMI hasn’t done anything there. How come?
MrAbelone (24 days ago)
That maybe add was the equivalent to Nike’s new CK commercial. 😂🤣😂😎
Michael Bush (23 days ago)
I would say that both arguments on the topic of tobacco, for or against, is short of the facts. People forget that before all a socioeconomic politics and health scares, there was a reason our ancestors found these herbs beneficial to cultivate and smoke. If you really break it down in a biochemistry viewpoint the herb is loaded with magnesium, sulfur and citric acid. Completing a chain of elements that when ingested together promote the Adenosine Triphosophate (ATP) chains of the citric acid cycle promoting an accelerated metabolism. Meaning higher energy, more abundant production of genetic material called Adinine and i would even say increased focus and intelligence due to a higher voltage in the brain. There is a reason it is this particular elemental composition that is what our bodies need. Think about what the primordial ooze was composed of, that started all life on our planet. It is extremely hard to get large doses of sulfur and magnesium in your diet food-wise. It makes me wonder if tobacco was originally indigenous to volcanic habitats only and spread across the world as a trade good. Our planet was far more volcanically active in the past, meaning abundance of these elements are on a downward trend. I would not be surprised if we begin seeing diseases based on a deficiency. Remember the slower your metabolism gets, the less electrically active your brain can be. Logic dictates that there is a lower limit where function is impaired, and a critical limit where more serious side effects would occur. Sounds alot like Alzheimer's disease right? Even second hand smoke is shown to have an abundance of these elements. A alzheimer's disease study group in a volcanically active habitat would clear that right up using nature, if this is indeed the cause. Alternatively one can simply give them a supplement of proper proportions. This requires extensive knowledge of biochemistry, the citric acid cycle and ATP especially. =) For the citric acid for example one has to use a preservative to prevent ketoacidosis for a strong dose of vitamin c. I should note that this food preservative compound makes metabolisms faster then can occur naturally. A high metabolism is a very good thing genetically. Your flooded with genetic material all the time with a fast turn over which means less chance your cells will receive erroneous code and say, grow some cancer. You are also effortlessly physically fit, burning fat into energy instantly. Did you know that magnesium is the only naturally occuring anti-mutagen? Honestly, i was shocked that the tobacco companies didn't use that in their defense. ='p They obviously don't have a geneticist.
Kshitiz Garv (24 days ago)
*My name is Jeff...*
Declan Smyth (26 days ago)
Even though i dont always agree with everything john says, hes still hilarious. (I think most of us can agree on this tho.)
Bubblegum 2143 (26 days ago)
PMI suck
Myrcella Rykker (27 days ago)
Awesome, love you John Oliver 💞💖
Warahoon Apache (27 days ago)
Pls help me stop smoking!!
Warahoon Apache (27 days ago)
I remember Joe camel
Brian Alexander (29 days ago)
just...a lot of energy
nicholas (1 month ago)
john oliver john oliver
DroneXFun (1 month ago)
The only thing nicotine is good for is pesticides.
mastercalippo (1 month ago)
pay some monkeys to dance with a tshirt lol
John lee (1 month ago)
All the dislikes are from smokers
ForeverMe543 (1 month ago)
Don’t be a maybe, be dead. Sponsored by Marlboro and the Grim Reaper.
Ava Patino (1 month ago)
Nobody can say that he doesn't commit
Elvis Anselmi (1 month ago)
Those kids should had take Jeff down and kicked him!!
TheHoustonSkeptic (1 month ago)
All the smoking baby I'm in awe of the size of the lad absolute unit
Papa Dragon Born (1 month ago)
They fit in Star Wars toys xD Open sores on Satan's dick 😂
Tobias Mills (1 month ago)
Why does John sound all Brummie when he pronounces his fives?
Greg Homan (1 month ago)
*cough cough* my *cough* name *gag* jeff
Cameron Slack (1 month ago)
You need to do one on juuling. It is truly an epidemic
j.sandusky (3 days ago)
Cameron Slack except juuling is way more benign than cigs. teens will always use nicotine, it is better for them to vape than smoke.
Kira (1 month ago)
Never got why people smoke cigarettes. They taste awful and it just makes me light headed. I’ll stick to weed. I once tried weed and tobacco together in my bong and it was fantastic with the tobacco rush and weed high, but it tasted gross so I haven’t done one in years now.
Nick Zad (1 month ago)
VAPE...
Cameron wells (1 month ago)
This video cleared my lungs. Hahaha
MACx2363 (1 month ago)
I hate smoking as much as the next guy but John Oliver is about as funny as the cancer caused by smoking ....
Alexander Castillo (1 month ago)
How do people smoke and not expect cancer? Fuck cancer!!
Anajen 30 (1 month ago)
I want that shirt
Bao Doan (1 month ago)
I always love the wrong-country-on-the-map joke from LastWeekTonight.
Joshua Nohra (1 month ago)
Straya for the win
lazerbeam134 (1 month ago)
John Oliver is like a troll that's on our side lol
Testimonium Ignis (1 month ago)
I tried it and it doesnt work. Did they already get rid of it? Even without aghs or track the second linked hero does not get another shuriken.
Paul Cabrera (1 month ago)
This is the whitest moment in the history of whites
Brian Tinsman (1 month ago)
All bullshit aside, a cigarette is really fucking enjoyable.
Luke Bogacik (1 month ago)
Didn’t mention Vladimir’s plan to eliminate tobacco completely so that children born in and after 2020 wouldn’t know what it was ! 😳
Sarah Gardner (1 month ago)
Whose line reference? Wasn't really listening before, but now I'm all ears. :D
Darukion (1 month ago)
I'm from Australian and i remember when they first implemented the plain packaging laws. It was actually very affective as , within the town i grew up in, more people were wanting to quit smoking due to there being more anti smoking products and advertisements that were against cigarettes. This ranged from catchy slogans such as (nicorette, nicorette you can beat the cigarette) to parents having a discussion with kids about how dangerous they are. My family told me (after having serveral unsuccessful attempts to quit)that 'having a cigarette is like lighting a stick of dynamite in your mouth. It's not a question of if it will kill you, it's more when'
Jon Rau (1 month ago)
Can't say enough about how I love this show!
Punk Rock Piper (1 month ago)
this is such a fucking lie out of the pit of hell. all its done is destroy more small business like McClelland or Dunhill. Yet you legalize pot ??? and thats ok to sell ?? alcohol ?????? fucking booze is the most destructive to your health substance on earth, wheres your liberal freak out session on teen drinking thats up over 1200 % in the last 20 years??!!!!!! Liberals are the biggest fucking hypocrite liars on earth. Ban tobacco, but support weed and booze. fucking anti america faggots right here.
A W (1 month ago)
I want a Jeff T shirt. How can I get one. ALSO, I WANT TO MOVE TO AUSTRALIA BECAUSE THEY MAKE A LOT OF SENSE THERE. UNFORTUNATELY, MORE THAN MY COUNTRY AMERICA!!!! IF ONLY IT WASNT SO HOT AND HOME TO SO MANY BREEDS OF WILDLIFE.
thewondering mantj (1 month ago)
I did notice lol
John lee (1 month ago)
Please do a follow up to tabbaco
reaper147000 (1 month ago)
I'd be curious to see how more luxury tobacco companies like cigar or pipe tobacco manufacturers and vendors have behaved and how they have been effected by these various laws. I know my local tobacconist has mentioned some specific legislation targeting that portion of the industry in the past.

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