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(Mother Jones)   Remember the good ole days when big tobacco sold asbestos as the "greatest health protection"? *cough...BS* Well 60 years ago when Lorillard Tobacco introduced Kent cigarettes it was all the rage but today they're still settling lawsuits   (motherjones.com) divider line 7
    More: Interesting, Lorillard, Lorillard Tobacco Co., big tobacco, consumer protection, asbestos, Philip Morris, mesothelioma, Stephen Dorff  
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2013-10-22 09:43:58 AM
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Sybarite: OregonVet: And the money is funneled everywhere else but to help smokers.

How exactly is the money these people win in lawsuits or receive in settlement going to by "funneled" anywhere?  What they choose to do with it would seem to be their business alone.


He might be talking about the $206B settlement the tobacco companies are paying to the government in exchange for tort protection. Of course, because this would raise the cost of smokes the companies receive payments from a trust fund - paid for by the settlement?
2013-10-22 09:40:24 AM
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Something's gotta kill you...
2013-10-22 09:36:16 AM
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Dwight_Yeast: You know, every time I read old tobacco company memos like the ones quoted in TFA, I see the connection between those guys and modern conservatives: they know what they're doing is bad, wrong and harmful to others, but they keep doing it no matter the cost as it's making them money.  And like modern conservatives, many of the tobacco execs bought into their own hype and convinced themselves that cigarettes were "safe".


The tobacco industry, which makes and markets a product that kills its users when used as directed, the media which carried the ads and those politicians which allowed the tobacco co lobbyists to influence with their dirty, filthy money and the dumb-ass justice system that allowed themselves to be hoodwinked for so long by the legal maneuvering proves the whole thing about human 'conscience' and guilt are totally overrated.

I suppose the conscience of "the 1%" only extends to their fellow suit-wearing scum.  They only 'feel guilty' when their actions cause the values of stock held by their contemporaries to lose value, yet they feel no guilt about marketing a product that winds up significantly shortening the life of their customers.
2013-10-22 09:24:49 AM
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Man, back in the day, the used a LOT of crazy shiat because of "Health Benefits". I know this is from before the asbestos cigarettes, but does anyone remember these little gems?

www.dvorak.org
2013-10-22 09:19:40 AM
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You know, every time I read old tobacco company memos like the ones quoted in TFA, I see the connection between those guys and modern conservatives: they know what they're doing is bad, wrong and harmful to others, but they keep doing it no matter the cost as it's making them money.  And like modern conservatives, many of the tobacco execs bought into their own hype and convinced themselves that cigarettes were "safe".
2013-10-22 08:59:08 AM
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Asbestos is an amazing fire retardant, so it did actually save many, many lives in the short term.

It's just that, you know, mesothelioma thing that's the problem, long term.
2013-10-22 08:30:50 AM
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And the money is funneled everywhere else but to help smokers.
 
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