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Jury Awards $23.6 Billion in Florida Smoking Case

Jury Awards $23.6 Billion in Florida Smoking Case | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A jury in Florida awarded a staggering $23 billion judgment against R. J. Reynolds, the country’s second-largest tobacco company, for causing the death of a smoker who died of lung cancer at the age of 36.
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While these individual suits against the tobacco companies should go forward since in fact there was a history of deadly deception, the granting of such excessive punitive amounts really does little good. Obviously, the appeals courts will not allow that amount, so this becomes another delay in justice as that issue winds its way forward. I hope that the company will offer a reasonable settlement with some punitive damage as well as the full compensatory award. The other thing, is while I believe that people were being deceived, after 1964 there was a warning on every pack. At what point do we have to say people knew the risk?

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Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes

Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes | Upsetment | Scoop.it
“E-liquids” used to refill e-cigarettes are potent, unregulated neurotoxins. Evidence of the potential dangers is already emerging.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While this is a valid concern -- nicotine is a dangerous substance -- I have to wonder how much of sudden concern is the result of the cigarette industry's concern for their profits versus real public health worries. Yes, we need to make sure that users (and vendors) of e-cigarettes understand the issue and that manufacturers know that their workers must be protected, but let's not start attacking what may be a good technology. And why compare this to coffee when we could us alcohol, a common substance that is widely used, abused, and dangerous to children, as the simile. Perhaps that tells us something about the motivation for the attack.
(No, I am not a smoker or e-cigarette user.)

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