December 12, 2017

Tobacco companies defeat smoking law suit from hospitals

Hospitals' attempt to get tobacco giants to help foot the bill for health care gets stubbed out.

Six major US tobacco companies including Philip Morris USA have defeated a lawsuit by Missouri hospitals seeking compensation for treating patients with smoking-related illnesses.

Thirty-seven Missouri hospitals had claimed that cigarette companies delivered an “unreasonably dangerous” product.

They sought more than $455 million as reimbursement for treating uninsured smokers who had not paid for care.

The hospitals treat many destitute, non-paying patients as a medical duty of care.

They said medical ethics required them to treat people in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

The hospitals claimed the tobacco companies manipulated the nicotine content in cigarettes and misrepresented the health effects of smoking.

But a jury in St Louis, Missouri, rejected their claim.

“The jury agreed with Philip Morris USA that ordinary cigarettes are not negligently designed or defective,” said Murray Garnick of Philip Morris.

An official from Lorillard, another company in the case, said: “Compelling evidence was presented to the jury, including testimony from hospital witnesses, that confirmed the hospitals were not financially damaged as they asserted.”

Thats right folks the cigarettes are not negligently designed or defective. They are highly efficient, addictive killing devices. Nothing defective about them.

The problem for the hospitals is that they were taking a side road in the law to try and force the tobacco giants to ‘cough up’ so to speak for the burden their product puts on the medical establishment.

Proving intent or negligence is very hard when it comes to a product that people voluntarily buy. The product is also plastered with graphic health warnings that are worse than most splatter movies.