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The Last Cigarette (1999)

In 1994, the Health and Environment Subcommittee of the US Congress, chaired by Henry Waxman (D-California), held a hearing on tobacco products and health. Excerpts from the hearing, where ... See full summary »
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In 1994, the Health and Environment Subcommittee of the US Congress, chaired by Henry Waxman (D-California), held a hearing on tobacco products and health. Excerpts from the hearing, where the CEOs of the four US tobacco companies testified, are interspersed with clips from movies, educational films, TV commercials, and other promotional materials. Among the topics addressed in the hearing: are cigarettes the single most dangerous consumer product, how many people die annually in the US from smoking, is nicotine addictive, should smoking be banned in public places, do tobacco ads target children? (This historic hearing is referenced in the 1999 film, "The Insider.") Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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2 December 1999 (Finland) See more »

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Die letzte Zigarette See more »

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$3,134, 13 June 1999

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$3,439
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Smoke and mirrors
15 April 2000 | by MuteMaeSee all my reviews

Too short on hard facts (or opposing viewpoints) to satisfy as a documentary, "The last cigarette" works as an imaginatively constructed attack on the culture of smoking. Film maker Kevin Rafferty ditching conventional narration and statistics techniques - pleads his case by seamlessly editing together congressional testimony by Big Tobacco CEO's and archival pro-cigarette propaganda footage. The juxtaposition is effectively jarring, and though its final moments lack some much needed subtlety, "The last cigarette" never drags.


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