Smoking has consequences

Re “Ex-smoker wins tobacco lawsuit”:

In 1968, Ms. Naugle took up smoking, allegedly unaware that smoking cigarettes is addictive and harmful to a smoker’s health. I remember my beloved grandmother admonishing me in 1946, or was it 1947, to never smoke: “Young man, don’t you ever smoke; it’s a dirty, unhealthy, expensive habit!”

Furthermore, from 1965 on, all packages of cigarettes carried the warning label, “Cigarettes May be Hazardous to Your Health.” I didn’t read anywhere in the article that Phillip Morris put a gun to Ms. Naugle’s head, forcing her to smoke. She elected to do so of her own free will, and continued to do so in spite of subsequent health warnings!

Oh, and by the way, I, too, would cry, were I awarded $300 million for a mistake, or a wrong choice, that I made.

source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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