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Old 02-18-2009, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chain-smoker Dies From Lung Cancer, Family Sues Philip Morris and Wins

I love this ******* country! I mean who would think that chain-smoking had any ill effects?! They should probably put a warning label on all cigarette advertisements and packs.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A jury decided Thursday that a longtime chain-smoker's death from lung cancer was caused by nicotine addiction, a potentially costly loss for tobacco giant Philip Morris and an important test case for thousands of similar Florida lawsuits.

The lawsuit by Elaine Hess, widow of Stuart Hess, is the first of about 8,000 such cases to go to trial since the Florida Supreme Court in 2006 threw out a $145 billion jury award in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of smokers and their families.

The state's high court upheld the conclusion that tobacco companies knowingly sold dangerous products and concealed smoking's health risks, but ruled each case must be proven individually.

Now that the jury has found that Hess was addicted, the case will proceed to the liability and damages phases.

Hess' attorneys have not revealed how much they will seek, but it would likely be in the millions of dollars.

Elaine Hess broke down in tears when the verdict was announced after almost three hours of deliberations.

"We're very pleased with the jury's verdict," Hess attorney Adam Trop said Thursday. "Starting tomorrow, the jury's going to hear a lot more about what the tobacco industry has been doing for the last several decades."

In a statement, Philip Morris looked ahead to the next phases of the case, saying: "The Hess trial is not over."

In closing arguments, Hess attorneys Gary Paige and Alex Alvarez said Stuart Hess smoked heavily for 40 years and tried numerous times to quit, even trying hypnosis at one point.

But they said the nicotine was too powerful, forcing Hess to continue smoking even as he was undergoing chemotherapy before he died in 1997 at age 55.
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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$145 billion?!

wtf, retards? Was it a surprise ending?
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is about as stupid as, that one lawsuit, when the lady spilled hot coffee on her lap, and sued McDonald's.
When are people going to start ponying up to their actions?
It says on the side of the package a warning from the Surgeon General. Huge print on the side. Not to mention EVERYONE knows they are bad for you.

God people are so stupid. How about taking charge of your life for once and not blaming shit on everyone else.
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nobody that started smoking after everybody were informed about the health risks have any business suing anyone, but for those who got hooked back in the "Your doctor recommends Lucky Strike!" days I think it's alright, if any of them are still alive.
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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How do people even get addicted to cigarettes? Cigs are like the lamest thing in the world. I tried a few puffs of one the other day and it was just terrible. It's just unpleasant and it doesn't even get you high.

If these people that died didn't think cigarettes were bad for them, the world is probably better off without them (assuming they started smoking after the Surgeon General thing).
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How do people even get addicted to cigarettes? Cigs are like the lamest thing in the world. I tried a few puffs of one the other day and it was just terrible. It's just unpleasant and it doesn't even get you high.
Then you weren't inhaling very deeply, or enough. Nicotine is a serious intoxicant, and if you really took some big drags you'd get dizzy, lightheaded, probably sick to your stomach. I've seen plenty of non-smokers at the bar ask for a cig, just cause they bored, and then puke ten minutes later. It's not this effect that keeps people addicted though, its once your body is accustomed to nicotine intake that the addiction begins. You begin feeling on-edge and highstrung without it, and you need it just to "calm down"- to feel normal. Cravings are very strong with nicotine. People don't usually get addicted because it feels good, they get addicted for social reasons (looking cool, fitting in) and then can't kick it afterward.
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not me bud started smoking ciggz ten years ago and havn't stopped since and i started because i enjoyed it, but that nicotine rush i remember that back in the day i don't feel any kind of rush anymore, i just enjoy the taste the smell and the fact that it relaxes me.... and because i need an after toke.
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Then you weren't inhaling very deeply. Nicotine is a serious intoxicant, and if you really took some big drags you'd get dizzy, lightheaded, probably sick to your stomach. It's not this effect that keeps people addicted though, its once your body is accustomed to nicotine intake that the addiction begins. You begin feeling on-edge and highstrung without it. Cravings. People don't usually get addicted because it feels good, they get addicted for social reasons (looking cool, fitting in) and then can't kick it afterward.
Well, I was already drunk, so I don't know. I didn't feel any different, but I wasn't exactly functioning at 100%.

I know how addiction generally works. I was just saying it's stupid to get to the point where your body needs it. If it doesn't even feel good and is proven to be terribly unhealthy, I don't see the point.
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not me bud started smoking ciggz ten years ago and havn't stopped since and i started because i enjoyed it, but that nicotine rush i remember that back in the day i don't feel any kind of rush anymore, i just enjoy the taste the smell and the fact that it relaxes me.... and because i need an after toke.
yeah i already addressed that in my update. but to a new smoker, all the effects I described are very common, and if he didnt feel them its because he probably was just pulling into his mouth.
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