REAL KILLER WEED!
How about the Big Tobacco Trial in
Can you believe R. J.
Reynolds actually won that
trial? I believe the vast majority of folks throughout the Nation
were stunned by such a ridiculous verdict. Almost as stunned as
the O.J. Criminal Trail verdict! It makes one think about the
Judicial System, the Prosecutors and the Jurors in this country
and what the real goals may be.
I began smoking when I was
thirteen years old. Lucky Strike brand, (American Tobacco Co.), to
be exact… mostly because I saw the ads at Ebbets Field. ("LSMFT")
There were NO warnings in those days. So naturally, there were
none when my Father and Mother began smoking. (Chesterfield and
L&M) Both died young (late fifties) from a combination of
Emphysema and Heart Failure. They were never warned either. I
really cannot say it was strictly due to the ads that instigated
me to begin smoking. I think it was a combination of my parents
and relatives all smoking, peer pressure and the
glamorous ads. Not to mention all the postwar billboards, pictures
and articles portraying Military personnel of all Ranks smoking.
Even in National Geographic Magazine! Which my family had a
subscription to and I leafed through looking at the pictures as a
youngster and read as a schoolchild.
Once I was habitually
smoking… Big Tobacco had its deadly clutches on me too. That is…
until I was forty four years old. During my smoking years and
while I was working on various assignments in the Caribbean and
South America, I soon noticed the cigarettes I bought outside
the USA tasted much better and packed more of a wallop than
the same brand I bought at home in the USA. I would stock up
overseas and bring them home. That’s how much more enjoyable the
exported US cigarettes were. It never meant a thing to me until I
read about the use of Deer Weed and Nicotine Dosage
Enhancements that have recently been revealed.
Then in the early 80’s I
decided to quit. When I quit, I was in front of a large group of
people giving a talk about computing when I unconsciously reached
into my shirt pocket and began pulling out a smoke. At that point,
I removed the pack of Pall Mall reds (was
smoking three packs a day!) from the crushproof box
and crushed the pack in front of everyone. I was, at last, done
with cigarettes. Ten years later, at age fifty four, I am still
totally tobacco free.
Back to the trial. Here are a few questions for every sober mind
Why did the judge refuse
to allow a number of highly incriminating documents against R.
J. Reynolds to be shown to the jury?
Why was certain
testimony of witness’ struck from the record when it was
fairly obvious they were speaking from heartfelt experience?
Why is it the Judiciary
of this country seemingly refuses to acknowledge the fact that
tobacco use will and does KILL,
damage unborn babies and give rise to the birth of nicotine
addicted babies just like hard drugs.
My take, editorially
speaking, on this matter is quite simple and straight forward… "MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!! Money
talks the talk and walks the walk. Seemingly, the
Judge (reportedly one of Jacksonville’s very best) was very busy
diluting the case against BIG Tobacco. Does anyone
really KNOW just HOW BIG R. J. Reynolds is? (Can you
say almost a CARTEL) You ask; "why would a well respected
Judge risk a very good reputation and career?" I have no idea
other than perhaps the "Rules of Procedure" were not
very well written or, those Rules were very poorly interpreted.
Most observers did feel something was not quite right. The Jury
flew in the face of common sense… Why?
How about these opinions for
What if a Judge or, a
superior of his or a relative has a fortune tied up in BIG
Tobacco stocks and/or bonds.
The State of Florida, like most Southern States
and possibly, Duval County have the best part of pension funds
invested in BIG Tobacco.
The State of Florida and possibly most other
states have or have had the inmates in their prison systems
manufacture cigarettes for distribution and sale within those
Most all States are proven to have benefited
heavily from the proceeds of taxation on cigarette sales. What
would the resulting liabilities be if any?
The economies and structure of a large number of
Southeastern States rely heavily on the support of BIG Tobacco.
A shutdown of BIG Tobacco would put tens of thousands out of
work overnight. Studies indicate a possible National Economic Depression could result.
The Plaintiff’s Case
being a singular cause and action was far too heavily directed
toward punitive damages against R. J. Reynolds and not enough
toward the culpability of ALL of BIG Tobacco.
As a result of the
financially influenced items outlined above, the Plaintiffs in the
Jacksonville Case seem to have had a slim to no chance of
winning. Nor will any other similar type actions,
regardless of the City or State the trial is held in. Unless of course, the whole truth and all the
facts and background documentation is allowed to be presented to
the jury. Documentation that offers proofs the Big Tobacco
Companies were very deeply engaged in ensuring people would become
and remain addicted to smoking cigarettes as long as thirty or
more years ago. While there may be some who will ask only for
verified facts in this matter… there is one FACT that
cannot be denied.. The Nation’s Cemeteries are full silent
witnesses to the lethal effects of BIG Tobacco.
Since when is it an accepted
policy to place the tobacco consumer at lethal risk and then
insist the deadly risks of smoking is an "assumed
liability" of the consumer? Big Tobacco seems to think this
is the case!! Can you say Ford Pinto, Can you say GM Pickup Trucks
Or… baby deaths from Air bags? Is the Double Standard Alive and
Well? How is it possible for Big
Tobacco to get away with this?
Why is it we see all these
fancy financial negotiations going on to allow Big Tobacco to
continue in business?? To continue; Sowing misery, financial ruin,
physical harm and ultimately, death? Could it be because the
Federal Government’s many branches have most of their various
employee pension funds invested in BIG Tobacco. If Tobacco gets
nailed, how many Government employees’ Pension Funds, Federal,
State, County and City will go belly up? Who’s to rescue these
funds? The Federal Government? I doubt it. It cannot seem to
protect Social Security or help Midwest flood victims.
Here’s the most expensive
Who is going to re-train
all of the Tobacco Industry related employees from the
plantations to the retail outlets? The Federal Government? No
chance at this time.
Who is going to put all
the extra Law Enforcement personnel and facilities together to
stop the smuggling of tobacco and tobacco products back into
the USA? The Federal Government? Not a chance!!
The Federal Government, with
all its might, cannot stop illicit drugs! Can you say Prohibition?
That exercise in futility was a joke. …and you wonder why BIG Tobacco is,
literally, getting away with wholesale murder!
Write your Local, State and
Federal Representatives.. Tell them to stop Pussyfooting Around
with Big Tobacco and put an end to the REAL KILLER WEED!