Even this doesn't fly, because of the danger to any children in the house. You can't willingly decide to take actions which are harmful to them, and they sure can't consent.
People get killed using cars all the time.
I understand someone getting sick and wanting to blame someone else for their illness be it God or the government or fate or the tobacco companies, but sometimes the blame lies in the person in the mirror.
Cars do not have within them toxins, nor do they have other things that are inherently dangerous. When something is discovered that is dangerous, it is quickly fixed.
Quote:I understand someone getting sick and wanting to blame someone else for their illness be it God or the government or fate or the tobacco companies, but sometimes the blame lies in the person in the mirror.
Evidently not, in the eyes of the judge in the OP post. Now all he has to decide if there should be punitive damages. Absolutely. As much as is allowed. That will open the floodgates, hopefully.
Why can auto makers get away with making such a dangerous product?
In other words, tobacco is dangerous if used as intended whereas the other products you mentioned are not.
Huge money maker in taxes - reason why tobacco is so high in the US. You go to the poor countries that tobacco companies are advertising all over the place and the price is significantly less.
I wonder if the government has a vested interest in keeping cigarattes?
State, Federal Governments Dependent On Tobacco Tax Revenue, Strength Of Industry
The New York Times on Sunday examined how a "growing reliance by the states and federal government on cigarette taxes -- as well as a popular proposal to increase federal taxes by 61 cents to an even $1 per pack to finance [SCHIP] -- provide a sort of insurance policy for the continued survival of menthol cigarettes." The National Conference of State Legislators last month said states were facing combined deficits of more than $40 billion in 2009, and increasing tobacco taxes "is one way some states are trying to make up the shortfall," the Times reports. Last year, states collected more than $19 billion in cigarette taxes. Ten states increased their cigarette taxes in 2007 and more states are considering increases this year. According to the Times, the government "has become a financial stakeholder in smoking, some would argue, even as public health officials warn people about its deadly consequences" (Saul, New York Times, 8/31).