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The Tobacco Issue Where the Responsibility Lies Political-Legal Issues The legal and political issues surrounding the tobacco industry include whether or not tobacco companies should be held liable for tobacco-related deaths of smokers and those related to second-hand smoke as well as whether or not elected officials should be accepting money from the tobacco industry in order to win elections When deciding where the responsibility lies in the case of tobacco the facts can be turned to favor either side on the issue However the tobacco industry has followed the governments guidelines since guidelines have been established while the government seems to want to place blame for peoples habits on the manufacturers of products that people choose to use Tobacco Litigation The first issue to examine is the issue surrounding the use of the judicial system in finding responsibility for the epidemic surrounding the tobacco industry The tobacco industry is the defendant in the majority of cases brought before the judiciary and historically the majority of the cases have been decided in favor of the industry In a landmark case in 1988 the tobacco industry won a huge victory against Rose Cipollone Ms Cipollone died a horribly painful death from cancer The defendant in the case was Philip Morris Philip Morris council argued that it was the womans choice to smoke This woman had even testified that she had gone to church every Sunday to pray that she would not get lung cancer She knew the risks involved with smoking and chose to continue smoking Philip Morris won the case Byrne 189-190 For years the tobacco industry won case after case involving cancer victims that had smoked Even today much of the litigation by smokers has been decided in favor of the industry In July of 1999 the Louisiana District Court 19th District decided the case of Robert Gilboy et al V The American Tobacco Co et al
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