John Oliver took on another controversial topic in this week’s episode by exposing Big Tobacco. In the segment, Oliver breaks down why the tobacco industry is more profitable than ever despite the significant decline in U.S. smokers. Big Tobacco’s success lies in developing countries where loose regulations on smoking have allowed the business to boom. In an astonishing array of clips, Oliver comically highlights how the companies are using the legal system to their advantage by blocking advertising and health warnings.
In response to Big Tobacco's advertising tactics, Oliver offers a new symbol for the industry: Jeff the Diseased Lung.