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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19173.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19173

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Transcript A Case Against the Cigarette Manufacturers ~i Since it can now be proved beyond reasonable doubt that the tobacco products cause cancer and other health problems, the product liability laws should extend to cover them in the same way they cover all other unsafe products. The people who suffered a catastrophic illness because they smoked should be able to sue, and should, in fact, be encouraged to sue the tobacco companies, if they can present conclusive medical evidence in a court of law showing that their illness was caused by the use of the tobacco product. The society as a whole is not free from the problem's consequences and should not disregard its own interests. The cost of treating resulting illnesses often end up borne by the taxpayer, and that isn't right. The product's liability is established by the fact that the product, cigarettes, is unsafe. The fact that the manufacturer had successfully lured the customer into buying and becoming addicted to its use, perhaps when the person was still too young to be sufficiently well aware of the danger, or was simply subjected to peer pres sure under the circumstances that he or she could not quite control, does not obliterate the fact that the product was dangerous in the first place, and that the manufacturer had knowingly produced and marketed it to the public. The fact that we now have warning labels on the packages, however helpful, does not make the use of the product any safer, and does not excuse the manufacturer from his responsibility for the harmful effects his product caused. The fundamental fact and the principle that the courts should uphold is that no one has a right to manufacture and market dangerous products. Those who do so must be held fully liable for the harm their product caused. The individuals, of course, assume independent risks, and if he or she had contracted cancer, had paid for it dearly. The extent to which they have been aware of the danger and failed to seek timely remedy, should influence the jury's decision on the amount of the award they receive. Bui that in no way obliterates the fact thai the tobacco companies had knowingly manufactured and marketed a dangerous product, and should be held liable at least for the cost of treating resulting illness. The society cannot, in good conscience, pretend thai the warning label had somehow made tobacco safe, excuse the manufacturer, and absorb the resulting health costs. To facilitate a speedy solution to this problem, we need to enact a distinct Tobacco Products Liability Act on the state and Federal level, and to create a Tobacco Products Liability Commission staffed with medical experts and charged with investigating complaints of health problems associated with the use1 of tobacco products. Who else*, if not the manufacturer, should foot the bill for the medical treatment of the victims customers of his lethal output? The society has to protect its interest vis avis the cost of public health. It means that it has to affix precise liability on those who. through their daily business activity, are t he- root cause of the country's numerous health problems. In our system there simply isn't a better way to control the spread of preventable illnesses and the* runaway cost of public health. — Fabian Vaksman Smoking 57