START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
1,514,260 people care about Health Policy

Supreme Court Declines Case: Big Tobacco Scores Big

Supreme Court Declines Case: Big Tobacco Scores Big

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear appeals from both sides in the federal government’s racketeering lawsuit against the tobacco industry (The United States v. Philip Morris USA, Inc.)

The decision is a victory in that it upholds the trial court’s verdict that cigarette manufacturers violated federal racketeering laws, willfully deceiving the American public about the dangers of its products.

The same decision also ends the federal government’s quest to fine Big Tobacco to the tune of $280 billion in profits and $10 billion for smoking-cessation programs.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), tobacco is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S., responsible for 30 percent of all cancer deaths and 87 percent of all lung cancer deaths.

Chief Executive Officer of the ACS and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), John R. Seffrin, issued this statement:

“The U.S. Supreme Court made a clear statement: Big Tobacco is guilty of knowingly and willingly deceiving the American public about the hazards of its products and engaging in egregious practices, including fraud.

“Big Tobacco has thrived for decades on the business of addiction by marketing to children and misleading adults about the harms of its deadly products, which kill nearly 440,000 people in America each year. While we are disappointed that the tobacco industry will not be forced to pay for the full damages associated with their conduct, we remain confident that progress can be made. As public health interveners in the case, we will work to ensure that the remedies ordered by Judge Kessler are fully implemented.

“It is time for Big Tobacco to finally be held accountable for its deplorable actions.”

No need for Big Tobacco to take the news so hard. Its already battered reputation took another hit, but investors don’t seem to mind. Just just after the news, WSJ Market Beat reported:

“Tobacco companies are leading the consumer staples sector higher. Reynolds American gained 5.2 percent, Altria Group rose 3.5 percent, and Lorillard gained 3.3 percent after the high court refused to revisit a case that found the tobacco industry violated federal racketeering laws, putting an end to the government’s effort to force billions in payments from the industry.”

Related reading on Care2:

Take Action:

Read more: , , , , , ,

Photo courtesy PhotoXpress.com

quick poll

vote now!

Loading poll...

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

104 comments

+ add your own
3:45AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks for an eye opener!

6:40AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

What about all of the victims of second hand smoke. I grew up in a home where both parents smoked and missed a lot of school due to what everyone thought were "colds". These happened mainly in the winter when the windows were closed and we were inside most of the time. It cleared up immediately, when I moved out on my own. When I later married a "smoker", I had a continual cold 24/7, until we split up, then it disappeared! All of this was before the second hand smoke admissions, and even in the work place, I had constant, painful sinus infections and if you requested that someone didn't smoke inside, you were the 'trouble maker". My parents made the choice to smoke and because they were misled about the harmful consequences, they became addicted to nicotene and died from smoking. They make a concious choice, but the harmful effects of secondhand smoke were forced on me at home, in the workplace and just about everywhere you went. These effects made a negative impact on my life, from missing school to later avoiding people and places where smoking was permitted. It limited my success, personally and professionally! If the government is going to allow people to negatively affect the lives of innocent people, to keep a bunch of addicted idiots and large corporations happy, then they should have to fork over some of that money over to the people who had to suffer, without a choice!

5:14AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Unnecessarily, rather

5:09AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

necessarily misleading heading, if i read correctly

It's good news, and

''The same decision also ends the federal government’s quest to fine Big Tobacco to the tune of $280 billion in profits and $10 billion for smoking-cessation programs'' WHAT ON EARTH!!!
Which federal GOVT IS THIS?

OVER TO LEADERS AND ''THE PUBLIC'' = LAWSUIT OF TOBACCO COMPANY AND SURE THEY'LL BE PAYING BIG! CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM JUSTICE. ''CUE OTHERS'' SAME GOES FOR OTHER IMMORALITIES! WELL DONE COURTS, THUMB-DOWN, CARE2, YOU SOUND UPSET ABOUT THE DECISION, CAN'T SEE WHY. A CASE OF TRYING TO PASS OFF THE IMMORAL FOR THE MORAL AND IT'S NO ART!

11:36AM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

Is it true that our tax dollars go to subsidizing the tobacco industry? I believe it is time to inform the people that lung cancer is not the only cancer that smoking affects! These carcinogens go directly into the pancreas, brain, colon, digestive organs, everywhere!

3:52PM PDT on Jul 29, 2010

Nobody is holding a gun to smokers' heads, but the industry does actively attempt to create a growing market: witness the "Joe Camel" ads targeted towards young people. If the ads had not been effective, it would not have required legislation to stop them.

5:43PM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

People know that cigaretts are bad and will probably kill them, but they smoke them anyway. It's their choice.

11:35PM PDT on Jul 13, 2010

Do you know that most of us are addicted to

1. Smoking
2. Pomography
3. Sex
4. Drugs
5. Alchol
6. Gambling
7. Back biting
8. hypocrisy
9. Lying , cheating and deceiving
and much much more.
The matter of fact is that we are all attracted towards things that have a bad impact on our health and our spirituality. There are a lot of products that have an addictive impact upon us and its not only smoking but it is also about consuming hard and soft drinks. It is also about havin sex outside marriage, consuming loads of alcohol and addiction to habits and substances that have a bad impact upon health and society.

6:39PM PDT on Jul 13, 2010

sorry case.

7:45AM PDT on Jul 10, 2010

I guess I really don't understand why we try to make an industry wrong when that industry would not BE there if the customers weren't. Again, we are attacking the wrong end of the problem...get to the heart of the matter and quit putting a bandage on a "broken leg" to solve the problem.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

the human population would have to stop growing, at least at the massive rate it has been, in order for…

Some animal abusers should be executed. But Mass. "puppy Doe" law should be the minimum judgement for…

Talk shit about guns and the very few kids who die from parents/instructors teaching or helping them....lets…

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.