Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by John MacNeil, Aug 20, 2002.
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John MacNeil - when you buy tires, you don't expect them to kill you. When you buy TDPDS, you expect that it will, IF you keep using it long enough. That's the difference.
The government probably hasn't outlawed tobacco for a number of reasons (different legistors having different or even combined motivations):
1) The whole freedom issue -- look at all the posters here that are in favor of legalizing drugs -- there is a lot of that sort of sentiment out there.
2) The government makes more money off tobacco than the tobacco companies do -- that revenue would have to be replaced.
3) Tobacco growing state legistors know their state economies would be hurt
It's hard to discuss this with you when you don't read what I post. Here it is again, since I guess you missed it last time:
In order for a company to be held legally liable for damages or injuries caused by a product their product must 'have a propensity or tendency for causing physical harm beyond that which would be contemplated by the ordinary user.'
In other words, you can't be held legally liable for a dangerous product if people know that it's dangerous when they purchase it. Since virtually all smokers are aware of the dangers of smoking, tobacco companies aren't liable. That's the legal definition of product liability in the United States, any way.
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