Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Saturday, August 19, 2006


From the Washington Post (August 18, 2006, A1).

A federal judge ruled yesterday that tobacco companies have violated civil racketeering laws, concluding that cigarette makes conspired for decades to deceive the public about the dangers of their product and ordering the companies to make landmark changes in the way cigarettes are marketed…

Penalties Against Tobacco Companies
- Run TV and newspaper ads on the adverse health effects and addictiveness of smoking.
- Stop labeling cigarettes as “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light,” or mild.
- Pay the government’s legal costs.

Companies Affected
- Phillip Morris USA Inc. and its parent, Altria Group Inc.
- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
- Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co.
- British American Tobacco Ltd.
- Lorillard Tobacco Co.
- Liggett Group Inc.

So no more Marlboro Lights, Reds, Mediums, Milds, and Ultra Lights, or any Light Cigarettes or anything like that. Cigarette buying is about to get a lot harder.


Blogger Wadical said...

You watch, someday Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be on the other end of a class action lawsuit because somebody got fat eating them. It'll be Krispy Kreme's fault. Next will be Jack Daniels because it causes cirrhosis, Coca Cola because it causes hypertension, Hershey's chocolate because it rots your teeth, and Orville Redenbacher because it cracks your teeth. Where does it end? What the hell ever happened to personal responsibility?

Sun Aug 20, 01:24:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

I think cigarette companies would be better off if they just came out and said, “Our cigarettes are the only legal product sold in the US that if used properly and responsibly is bad for your health.” Cigar and smokeless tobacco companies could use the same slogan.
No one has a cigarette and then wants to run up a flight of stairs. People who smoke know it is not good for them. It doesn’t matter how big or scary the warning label is, people are going to smoke.

Sun Aug 20, 03:00:00 AM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Obviously, somebody in big tobacco forgot to pay off their congressman, or none of this would be happenening. My Dad smoked for 40 years, and it's funny, in all that time, i never once saw anyone with a gun to his head, making him smoke. Thankfully, he quit 15 years ago and is much better health, but even he's said, that if he ends up with a lung disease it's nobody's fault but his.

Mon Aug 21, 05:35:00 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Someone, somewhere has probably victimized me at some point. I wonder what my chances are in the litigation lotto?

RM, my father also smoked for my entire childhood, and quit while I was in my teens. Being a man of reasonable intelligence, he decided that the risks outweighed the rewards and quit on sheer willpower. (He was pretty cranky for awhile...) No one made him start, and the government's financial punishment in lieu of high taxes didn't make him quit.

Mon Aug 21, 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

As someone who has had a smoke or two in my life, I actually disagree with the courts making the tobacco companies stop from using the Lights, Ultra-Lights, and low tar packaging. If you smoke a regular smoke you know it, and if it is a Light you know it, and if it is an Ultra Light you know that too. Some cigarettes are much tougher on your lungs than others, and the way to differentiate is exactly by the labeling the tobacco companies use.

Mon Aug 21, 10:53:00 PM  

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