Scarcnet News Summaries (Advocacy Institute)
Letter To The Editor Supports Federal Tobacco Lawsuit
Edward Sweda, senior attorney of the Tobacco Control Resource Center, comments in the USA TODAY letters-to-the-editor section that tobacco manufacturers should be held accountable for the products they make. "What about the idea of people being responsible for the products they make and put into the stream of commerce? The proposed federal lawsuit would hold Big Tobacco accountable for its actions." Sweda notes that only blaming smokers for their illnesses "ignore[s] the industry's internal documents that have shown how, during the past two generations, tobacco companies have targeted children, suppressed scientific research on less-hazardous cigarettes and lied about how deadly and addictive cigarettes are."
Source: Edward Sweda, "Big Tobacco To Blame," USA TODAY, August 20, 1999, p. A14.