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Court OKs ex-smokers' suits against tobacco firms
SFChron ^ | 5/6/11 | Bob Egelko

Posted on 05/06/2011 7:12:46 PM PDT by Drango

The state Supreme Court breathed new life Thursday into lawsuits by seriously ill ex-smokers, ruling that a former cigarette addict can seek damages from tobacco companies for her cancer despite having failed to sue for earlier smoking-related illnesses...

The California Supreme Court removed one obstacle to tobacco suits by ruling in 2007 that the two-year deadline started running when former smokers learned that they were ill, and not merely that they were addicted...

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: lawsuits; smokers; smoking; tobacco
It's not an addiction...it's a habit. (don't laugh)
1 posted on 05/06/2011 7:12:48 PM PDT by Drango
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To: Drango

I’ve smoked for years, knowing the risks.

This is ridiculous. I guess I can ‘hit the lottery’ at will by filing a lawsuit.

.....Calling John Edwards


2 posted on 05/06/2011 7:24:21 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Drango

As a 40 year ex-smoker, I believe I took my chances by willingly putting smoke in my lungs. Anyone that smokes takes the chance of illness of some sort.

No matter what warning is put on the pkg., the smoker is the one that knows what smoke in their lungs could do without any warnings.

No one should be able to sue because they’re stupid enough to smoke.

Next we’ll have law suits because people eat too much fat and that causes...whatever.

People have to take responsibility for their own doings.

If I can quit anyone can. I did and I was a pack-a-day and more smoker.


3 posted on 05/06/2011 7:28:10 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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If these ex-smokers win, I should sue them. They chose to smoke despite the known risks; I did not choose to inhale their second-hand crap.


4 posted on 05/06/2011 7:44:12 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: Drango

According to the story, the woman quit in 1987. How is that possible? She was addicted, therefore there are not more ex-smokers than current smokers, right? And she was 22 when she started. Must have been Joe Camel getting her hooked in 1953.


5 posted on 05/06/2011 7:48:54 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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Must have been Joe Camel getting her hooked...

Joe Camel was a rakish fellow and all around bad boy.

6 posted on 05/06/2011 7:53:59 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Drango

Pssst...Joe Camel isn’t real. And his diabolical ads appeared in magazines for ADULTS. Not Highlights or Ranger Rick.


7 posted on 05/06/2011 7:59:21 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Drango

It’s the indians fault.


8 posted on 05/06/2011 8:25:01 PM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: Drango

How many times did she buy something with a label like this? I'm disgusted, as usual, by the lawyers who would file this case and by the legislators who have perpetuated a fundamentally flawed tort system that permits such frivolous lawsuits. She killed herself, and now she wants to get rich off an enabler who helped a little? No, thank you.

9 posted on 05/07/2011 12:46:59 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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