Smoking is Bad - Don't Sue!

Matt Christensen
 


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Big tobacco is always in the news for one lawsuit after another. A recent news story caught my attention and upset me. A woman was suing a tobacco company for close to 80 million dollars because her husband had died of lung cancer which developed due to a life long smoking habit. The case states that her husband was not aware that smoking had health risk or that her husband was mislead into believe that smoking was not harmful.

Seriously, what human being does not realize smoking is not a healthy habit? Big tobacco might skew its statistics but they have never claimed smoking is good for you. If big tobacco has to pay millions for each person that dies from smoking they will soon be out of business. So what many of you might say. Smoking is bad and we’ll be better off without tobacco companies killing people. True. I do not like tobacco and wished no one smoked. However, that is not the American way. We live in a capitalist environment.

If you want to stop companies then don’t buy their product. No profit is what controls big business. The government should not have the power to shut down an industry. Let the markets make the decisions. What’s next? Suing Little Debbie for making the youth of America overweight? Suing Budweiser after an accident or arrest? Where does it end? Again I do not like smoking. I think it’s a bad habit, but if we sue every company that makes a product that is not 100% healthy for us there would be nothing to buy.

Matt Christensen
http://www.mattchristensen.net

I am a senior programmer for a software development company in central Illinois. I have a four year degree from Bradley University in computer science with a minor in mathematics.

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