Thursday, March 1, 2012

Another victory for corporate power: U.S. judge sides with tobacco companies

                                                        Good Day Humboldt County!

There comes a time in all of our lives when we come to a crossroad that offer us a choice that could change our lives. For good or bad.

For those who smoke cigarettes (I was among that group for 25 years before finally quitting in January 2000) they’re putting their health at risk.

Sometimes Unknowingly at first. My generation is a good example of that.

We had doctors, dentists, movie stars, and famous people endorsing them. Cigarettes were sexy and the smart thing to do.

I remember seeing ads with Ronald Regan singing the praise of Chesterfields.

Brands like Camel, Viceroys, Chesterfields, Pall Mall, Philip Morris, and Lucky Strikes made smoking seem like such a natural thing to do. Since then, however, the truth has come out and the worst thing you could do for your health is to smoke cigarettes.

Countless studies detail the diseases that stem from their use, but people continue to smoke them. The reason why: corporate power trumps Americans health.

In another example of corporate power in America, the death dealers, aka cigarette manufacturers, have chipped away at the warnings they were forced to put on their deadly product. Bottom line, cigarettes can and will kill, but in the name of thinly disguised free speech violation, they will continue to sicken and kill millions of Americans with impunity.

The real issue is: Why the Hell are the damn things still legal after everything we know about them?


“A U.S. judge sided with tobacco companies on Wednesday, ruling that regulations requiring large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging and advertising violate free-speech rights under the U.S. Constitution. Cigarette makers challenged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's rule requiring companies to label tobacco products with images of rotting teeth, diseased lungs and other images intended to illustrate the dangers of smoking.”

The case is R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co et al v. FDA, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, No. 11-1482.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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