Thursday, December 15, 2005

At last, some good news for evil smokers

Good news for evil smokers and, in particular, evil Phillip Morris customers such as myself!
The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a $10.1bn (£5.7bn) damages ruling against tobacco firm Philip Morris.

The court issued instructions to dismiss a class action suit, which had been brought against the US cigarette giant in 2003.

The case centred around accusations that the firm had defrauded customers into thinking "light" cigarettes were safer than regular cigarettes.
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According to the court's findings, tobacco companies had been specifically authorised by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to describe their "light" cigarettes as low in tar and nicotine.
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During its appeal the company had insisted that it never suggested light cigarettes were less hazardous than other cigarettes.

Take that, blame culture! Anyone who thinks that "light" cigarettes are in any way better than normal ones is a fool; and if we were are to start charging companies for selling products to fools, then every company in the world would be in the dock.

We all know that Marlboro Lights are not good for you. Plus, the only people who smoke them are yah girls at boarding school...

5 comments:

Dennis Mangan said...

Yes! Altria (Philip Morris) stock was up nearly $5 a share today.

Anonymous said...

My wife used to have a penchant for Marlboro' lights. She rolls her own these days.

This is a good judgement on balance as the tobacco companies sold these brands on the basis of less tar - not no tar and not free from the harm that nicotine and tar causes. And, it is the smoker who chooses to purchase the product. Although there is an argument about people being ignorant of the addictive qualities. But, then, if we took that line, we'd ban alcohol...

Devil's Kitchen said...

Dennis, got shares in Altria?

Longrider, I don't think that anyone these days can plausibly argue that they a) didn't know that fags are addictive, and b) bad for you.

DK

Dennis Mangan said...

DK,
Yes. I've owned them for about three years and they've more than doubled. It's not a huge percentage of my portfolio though.

Anonymous said...

"Longrider, I don't think that anyone these days can plausibly argue that they a) didn't know that fags are addictive, and b) bad for you."

Indeed. However, there are still people alive who could fall into that category. People who were told that a fag was good for their "nerves". Not that I'm suggesting a lawsuit - after all, smokers are volunteers, every one of 'em.

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