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Cigarette Companies Lose Big Time – Victims Awarded $15 Billion In Damages

03.06.2015  |  02:11
Cigarette Companies Lose Big Time – Victims Awarded $15 Billion In Damages

Monday morning broke the news out of Quebec that tobacco companies Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald had to pay $15 billion in damages as a punitive measure as well as for what in Canada are called “moral damages” — pain and suffering here in the US.

Monday morning broke the news out of Quebec that tobacco companies Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald had to pay $15 billion in damages as a punitive measure as well as for what in Canada are called “moral damages” — pain and suffering here in the US. This huge price tag comes after a long litigation, longer than most people realize. Mario Bujold, executive director of the Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health, had this to say on the court’s decision:

“It’s a big day for victims of tobacco, who have been waiting for about 17 years for this decision. It was a long process — but arrived at the destination and it’s a big victory.”

Big Tobacco companies resorted to questionable practices in their attempt to continue poisoning their customers. As any cigarette related small cell lung cancer survivor could tell you, they will deny even the facts found by their own research. After all, they tried to deny it ever since the 1960’s. While treatable, the various types of lung cancer caused by smoking still kill almost half of those who develop it.

So long as people smoke cigarettes,

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Big Tobacco doesn’t care how many people die. They would rather have people believe that the only concerns they have are how to smoke a cigarette and cigarette smell removal. They would sooner sell you menthol cigarette brands or low nicotine cigarettes brands than how to quit smoking cigarettes. And lung cancer lawyers are now holding their feet to the fire, and not for mere lung cancer research donations either.

Lung Cancer CT Scan, Photo CC by Lange123

Lung Cancer CT Scan, Photo CC by Lange123

Big Tobacco remembers what happened to the Asbestos industry when Mesothelioma was linked to it. The number of asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits remains high even today. The mesothelioma survival rates are even worse than those with lung cancer to boot. The tie between mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, combined with the risk of cancer from asbestos exposure put many industries on alert that their dirty practices would be ended. With asbestos exposure lawyers popping up nationwide to address those diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, it is no surprise to find other related industries also fearing for their life.

Cigarette Companies Lose Big Time – Victims Awarded $15 Billion In Damages. 601.jpegBig Tobacco hoped that by dragging their feet in denial, they could avoid the worst possible outcomes. Even now, they plan to appeal, claiming that it is not their responsibility for the deaths their products have caused. They still blame the victims – those whose bodies are riddled with malignant tumors, or who have since died due to cigarette smoking. Such is the arrogance of corporations — their refusal to accept blame for their actions. Big Tobacco sells a product which is purposefully addictive and is highly deadly.

To then blame those who they market to for believing their marketing hype in the first place — that is about as sick as you can get.




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