Tuesday, 26 March, 2002

Light Cigarette Smokers Sue Tobacco Companies

So "light" cigarette smokers are suing tobacco companies, alleging that the manufacturer's marketing misled them into believing that "light" brands were less harmful.  This is ridiculous.  By the time "light" cigarettes were introduced, anybody smart enough to read the words "tar and nicotine" was smart enough to understand that smoking is unhealthy.  It's not like tobacco companies said "here, smoke these because they won't kill you like the regular ones will."

I'm convinced that a cigarette company could market and sell a brand of cigarettes called "Cancer Sticks", with a skull-and-crossbones design on the package, and a tag line:  "Cancer Sticks kill quick."  People would buy and smoke them, and then sue the manufacturer for false advertising, marketing a dangerous product, or some other crap.

Come on people!  If you're going to kill yourself with cigarettes, at least have the courage to stand up and admit that it's your own choice!  Don't tell me that you can't quit.  You can.  Don't tell me that you can't afford the stop-smoking program.  Not when you're paying upwards of $3.00 a pack.