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Old 07-20-2014, 07:39 AM
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Florida jury awards $23.6 billion to widow in smoking lawsuit

This is utter incredible but well deserved. Beginning of the end for the Tobacco Industry. This'll make every loon with a chest cold sue the cigarette companies for a billion or two.

"A Florida jury awarded a widow $23.6 billion in punitive damages in her lawsuit against tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, her lawyer said.
Cynthia Robinson claimed that smoking killed her husband, Michael Johnson, in 1996. She argued R.J. Reynolds was negligent in not informing him that nicotine is addictive and smoking can cause lung cancer. Johnson started smoking when he was 13 and died of lung cancer when he was 36."
Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/19/us...html?hpt=hp_t3

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Old 07-20-2014, 09:02 AM
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In 1964 the Surgeon General of the U.S. (the chief doctor for the country) wrote a report about the dangers of cigarette smoking. He said that the nicotine and tar in cigarettes cause lung cancer. In 1965 the Congress of the U.S. passed the Cigarette Labelling and Advertising Act. It said that every cigarette pack must have a warning label on its side stating "Cigarettes may be hazardous to your health."
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The labels were in place and the hazards were know long before this guy started smoking. This will be reversed during the appeal process.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:27 PM
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I very much doubt that this will be upheld, though it is great for sensationalism.

If one reads the article, they will see that the guy had tried to quit smoking in the past but never succeeded. If the woman wins the case, then this just sends out a message saying that we no longer take responsibility for our own actions and can blame others.
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I think society is much more to blame for smoking than the tabacco companies. Society upholds the myth that smoking relieves stress, instils confidence, etc, when all of that is untrue.
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