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Goliath v. Goliath: Big Tobacco Sues US Gov’t.

August 17, 2011

I posted a few weeks back about how the Surgeon General is putting new warnings on cigarette packs that take up nearly half the pack and offer pretty graphic images –

Well it seems that these honest businessmen are sick of being picked on and bullied so they’re suing the federal government.   The lawsuit states “Never before in the United States have producers of a lawful product been required to use their own packaging and advertising to convey an emotionally-charged government message urging adult consumers to shun their products” then the lawyer most likely muttered under their breath “granted, never before in the United States has a lawful product killed such a large percentage of people by using said product as directed BUT THAT’S BESIDE THE POINT”.


Amongst the many complaints is that the images were doctored to produce a more emotional response.  Specifically, in the “healthy lung / diseased lung” (top left), the healthy lung was scrubbed to look more healthy.  Okay, I can actually see where they’d have a problem but one of the complaints is that the stitched up corpse (center right) is actually an actor with a fake scar!  So… they would rather have an actual cadaver displayed on their packs instead of this (rather convincing.  I couldn’t even tell he was alive in the picture) actor?


I say good luck to you, big tobacco.  Don’t let the man get you down and fight the power because nothing is more honest and American than a sociopathic quest for money that leaves a trail of millions of corpses behind it!

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