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The tobacco industry liable for its consumers 2000-07-30 The Tobacco Industry Liable for its Consumers Should the tobacco industry be held liable for illness and death caused by smoking Currently the Federal government is looking into this in numerous court cases scientific studies and a never-ending battle between national health and the big tobacco giants But to make an educated opinion both sides of the argument must be heard We hear about it all the time Smoking causes this and smoking causes that Not a day goes by that the media frenzy doesnt find something bad about smoking Another reason why smoking will shorten your life span increase stress and kill you 5 minutes faster The truth in the matter is that smoking is just generally bad for your health Theres no way in denying it the Federal Drug Administration has hundreds of studies on the effects of smoking nicotine in cigarettes is a drug cigarettes lead to addiction etc But why then all the fuss about lawsuits Actually why would cigarettes still be legal A bit odd they still exist and generate so much money dont you think A while ago in the 1950s the FDA passes a regulation that forced cigarette companies to place warning labels on the side of their products informing consumers of the dangers of the consumption of their product Well if people know about the effects wouldnt a case be deemed frivolous in court How is their case heard There are two reasons for this states are suing in place of citizens and the tobacco companies allegedly lied about the effects of smoking Currently there is a huge multi-plaintiff multi-state suit against a large consortium of tobacco companies Companies such as R J Reynolds Brown Williamson Ligget Meyers and Phillip Morris Inc are all under fire by over 39 states Florida leads the group asking for reimbursement for the money spent through Medicaid the Federal Insurance program
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