Big tobacco is suing the FDA because they say - they're people!

Big tobacco is suing the FDA. Under new FDA regulations – by September of next year all cigarette packs must display graphic images showing the consequences of smoking. But now – the tobacco companies are pushing back – using the Mitt Romney argument that they’re people – and that these new regulations violate their First Amendment rights.

Lorillard – the nation’s third largest cigarette maker – said the new regulations were, “an unconstitutional way of forcing tobacco manufacturers to disseminate the government's anti-smoking message.” The government SHOULD have an anti-smoking message.

Smoking kills more than 1,200 people a day – is the only product legally sold in America that kills people when it’s used as directed, and costs taxpayers a fortune in healthcare and lost productivity.


Gene Savory's picture
Gene Savory 11 years 41 weeks ago

The response to folks like Mitt Romney, when they glibly say "corporations are people" should be:

"A corporation is a person in the same sense that a flamethrower is a firefly."

Yes, I'm quoting myself again, and thanks for the book, Thom.

Of course, laughter and jeering at a town hall meeting works for liberals as well as conservatives. It would be nice if the corporate media would cover these things equally.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 11 years 41 weeks ago

What are these "Graphic Images"? Pictures of blackened lungs, or cartoonish depictions of coffins, skull and crossbones? I don't know if I can agree with the concept, the spirit of the idea yes, but the actual results I just don't know. Its been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, depending on the picture put on the package, the interpretation may not be so obvious. What if they put a cross on the package saying its representative of a grave, sure that may be what is intended, but I may look at it and say hey Jesus wants me to smoke cigarettes. Now perhaps the graphic already determined and is quite straight forward and difficult to mistake, perhaps an image of the Grim Reaper put on it. My concern is that putting images on products to convey its dangers may be fine if the graphic is universal, but what do we do when we want to graphically convey the dangers of hi-fructose corn syrup, or partially hydrogenated oil, preservatives, etc... at a certain point the pictograms become irrelevant.

I think that the education of the effects of smoking has been quite adequate, and to a certain point there is a desire for the anti-smoking advocates to do just about anything to prevent people from ever wanting to pick up the habit. I don't smoke, I understand the consequences, most grade-school students understand the consequences. If someone today is going to go buy a pack of cigarettes for their first time, I seriously doubt that a graphic on the pack is going to make them suddenly think twice about it. I'd rather see the cigarette packages have a complete list of all the ingredients added to the tobacco, that would probably be far more scary to even current smokers and encourage them to drop the habit:

  • Acetanisole
  • Acetic Acid
  • Acetoin
  • Acetophenone
  • 6-Acetoxydihydrotheaspirane
  • 2-Acetyl-3- Ethylpyrazine
  • 2-Acetyl-5-Methylfuran
  • Acetylpyrazine
  • 2-Acetylpyridine
  • 3-Acetylpyridine
  • 2-Acetylthiazole
  • Aconitic Acid
  • dl-Alanine
  • Alfalfa Extract
  • Allspice Extract, Oleoresin And Oil
  • Allyl Hexanoate
  • Allyl Ionone
  • Almond Bitter Oil
  • Ambergris Tincture
  • Ammonia
  • Ammonium Bicarbonate
  • Ammonium Hydroxide
  • Ammonium Phosphate Dibasic
  • Ammonium Sulfide
  • Amyl Alcohol
  • Amyl Butyrate
  • Amyl Formate
  • Amyl Octanoate
  • alpha-Amylcinnamaldehyde
  • Amyris Oil
  • trans-Anethole
  • Angelica Root Extract, Oil and Seed Oil
  • Anise
  • Anise Star, Extract and Oils
  • Anisyl Acetate
  • Anisyl Alcohol
  • Anisyl Formate
  • Anisyl Phenylacetate
  • Apple Juice Concentrate, Extract, and Skins
  • Apricot Extract and Juice Concentrate
  • 1-Arginine
  • Asafetida Fluid Extract And Oil
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • 1-Asparagine Monohydrate
  • 1-Aspartic Acid
  • Balsam Peru and Oil
  • Basil Oil
  • Bay Leaf, Oil and Sweet Oil
  • Beeswax White
  • Beet Juice Concentrate
  • Benzaldehyde
  • Benzaldehyde Glyceryl Acetal
  • Benzoic Acid
  • Benzoin
  • Benzoin Resin
  • Benzophenone
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Benzyl Benzoate
  • Benzyl Butyrate
  • Benzyl Cinnamate
  • Benzyl Propionate
  • Benzyl Salicylate
  • Bergamot Oil
  • Bisabolene
  • Black Currant Buds Absolute
  • Borneol
  • Bornyl Acetate
  • Buchu Leaf Oil
  • 1,3-Butanediol
  • 2,3-Butanedione
  • 1-Butanol
  • 2-Butanone
  • 4(2-Butenylidene)-3,5,5-Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexen-1-One
  • Butter, Butter Esters, and Butter Oil
  • Butyl Acetate
  • Butyl Butyrate
  • Butyl Butyryl Lactate
  • Butyl Isovalerate
  • Butyl Phenylacetate
  • Butyl Undecylenate
  • 3-Butylidenephthalide
  • Butyric Acid
  • Cadinene
  • Caffeine
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Camphene
  • Cananga Oil
  • Capsicum Oleoresin
  • Caramel Color
  • Caraway Oil
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Cardamom Oleoresin, Extract, Seed Oil, and Powder
  • Carob Bean and Extract
  • beta-Carotene
  • Carrot Oil
  • Carvacrol
  • 4-Carvomenthenol
  • 1-Carvone
  • beta-Caryophyllene
  • beta-Caryophyllene Oxide
  • Cascarilla Oil and Bark Extract
  • Cassia Bark Oil
  • Cassie Absolute and Oil
  • Castoreum Extract, Tincture and Absolute
  • Cedar Leaf Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil Terpenes and Virginiana
  • Cedrol
  • Celery Seed Extract, Solid, Oil, And Oleoresin
  • Cellulose Fiber
  • Chamomile Flower Oil And Extract
  • Chicory Extract
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamaldehyde
  • Cinnamic Acid
  • Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Bark Oil, and Extract
  • Cinnamyl Acetate
  • Cinnamyl Alcohol
  • Cinnamyl Cinnamate
  • Cinnamyl Isovalerate
  • Cinnamyl Propionate
  • Citral
  • Citric Acid
  • Citronella Oil
  • dl-Citronellol
  • Citronellyl Butyrate
  • Citronellyl Isobutyrate
  • Civet Absolute
  • Clary Oil
  • Clover Tops, Red Solid Extract
  • Cocoa
  • Cocoa Shells, Extract, Distillate And Powder
  • Coconut Oil
  • Coffee
  • Cognac White and Green Oil
  • Copaiba Oil
  • Coriander Extract and Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Corn Silk
  • Costus Root Oil
  • Cubeb Oil
  • Cuminaldehyde
  • para-Cymene
  • 1-Cysteine
  • Dandelion Root Solid Extract
  • Davana Oil
  • 2-trans, 4-trans-Decadienal
  • delta-Decalactone
  • gamma-Decalactone
  • Decanal
  • Decanoic Acid
  • 1-Decanol
  • 2-Decenal
  • Dehydromenthofurolactone
  • Diethyl Malonate
  • Diethyl Sebacate
  • 2,3-Diethylpyrazine
  • Dihydro Anethole
  • 5,7-Dihydro-2-Methylthieno(3,4-D) Pyrimidine
  • Dill Seed Oil and Extract
  • meta-Dimethoxybenzene
  • para-Dimethoxybenzene
  • 2,6-Dimethoxyphenol
  • Dimethyl Succinate
  • 3,4-Dimethyl-1,2-Cyclopentanedione
  • 3,5- Dimethyl-1,2-Cyclopentanedione
  • 3,7-Dimethyl-1,3,6-Octatriene
  • 4,5-Dimethyl-3-Hydroxy-2,5-Dihydrofuran-2-One
  • 6,10-Dimethyl-5,9-Undecadien-2-One
  • 3,7-Dimethyl-6-Octenoic Acid
  • 2,4-Dimethylacetophenone
  • alpha,para-Dimethylbenzyl Alcohol
  • alpha,alpha-Dimethylphenethyl Acetate
  • alpha,alpha Dimethylphenethyl Butyrate
  • 2,3-Dimethylpyrazine
  • 2,5-Dimethylpyrazine
  • 2,6-Dimethylpyrazine
  • Dimethyltetrahydrobenzofuranone
  • delta-Dodecalactone
  • gamma-Dodecalactone
  • para-Ethoxybenzaldehyde
  • Ethyl 10-Undecenoate
  • Ethyl 2-Methylbutyrate
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • Ethyl Acetoacetate
  • Ethyl Alcohol
  • Ethyl Benzoate
  • Ethyl Butyrate
  • Ethyl Cinnamate
  • Ethyl Decanoate
  • Ethyl Fenchol
  • Ethyl Furoate
  • Ethyl Heptanoate
  • Ethyl Hexanoate
  • Ethyl Isovalerate
  • Ethyl Lactate
  • Ethyl Laurate
  • Ethyl Levulinate
  • Ethyl Maltol
  • Ethyl Methyl Phenylglycidate
  • Ethyl Myristate
  • Ethyl Nonanoate
  • Ethyl Octadecanoate
  • Ethyl Octanoate
  • Ethyl Oleate
  • Ethyl Palmitate
  • Ethyl Phenylacetate
  • Ethyl Propionate
  • Ethyl Salicylate
  • Ethyl trans-2-Butenoate
  • Ethyl Valerate
  • Ethyl Vanillin
  • 2-Ethyl (or Methyl)-(3,5 and 6)-Methoxypyrazine
  • 2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol
  • 3-Ethyl -2 -Hydroxy-2-Cyclopenten-1-One
  • 2-Ethyl-3, (5 or 6)-Dimethylpyrazine
  • 5-Ethyl-3-Hydroxy-4-Methyl-2(5H)-Furanone
  • 2-Ethyl-3-Methylpyrazine
  • 4-Ethylbenzaldehyde
  • 4-Ethylguaiacol
  • para-Ethylphenol
  • 3-Ethylpyridine
  • Eucalyptol
  • Farnesol
  • D-Fenchone
  • Fennel Sweet Oil
  • Fenugreek, Extract, Resin, and Absolute
  • Fig Juice Concentrate
  • Food Starch Modified
  • Furfuryl Mercaptan
  • 4-(2-Furyl)-3-Buten-2-One
  • Galbanum Oil
  • Genet Absolute
  • Gentian Root Extract
  • Geraniol
  • Geranium Rose Oil
  • Geranyl Acetate
  • Geranyl Butyrate
  • Geranyl Formate
  • Geranyl Isovalerate
  • Geranyl Phenylacetate
  • Ginger Oil and Oleoresin
  • 1-Glutamic Acid
  • 1-Glutamine
  • Glycerol
  • Glycyrrhizin Ammoniated
  • Grape Juice Concentrate
  • Guaiac Wood Oil
  • Guaiacol
  • Guar Gum
  • 2,4-Heptadienal
  • gamma-Heptalactone
  • Heptanoic Acid
  • 2-Heptanone
  • 3-Hepten-2-One
  • 2-Hepten-4-One
  • 4-Heptenal
  • trans -2-Heptenal
  • Heptyl Acetate
  • omega-6-Hexadecenlactone
  • gamma-Hexalactone
  • Hexanal
  • Hexanoic Acid
  • 2-Hexen-1-Ol
  • 3-Hexen-1-Ol
  • cis-3-Hexen-1-Yl Acetate
  • 2-Hexenal
  • 3-Hexenoic Acid
  • trans-2-Hexenoic Acid
  • cis-3-Hexenyl Formate
  • Hexyl 2-Methylbutyrate
  • Hexyl Acetate
  • Hexyl Alcohol
  • Hexyl Phenylacetate
  • 1-Histidine
  • Honey
  • Hops Oil
  • Hydrolyzed Milk Solids
  • Hydrolyzed Plant Proteins
  • 5-Hydroxy-2,4-Decadienoic Acid delta- Lactone
  • 4-Hydroxy-2,5-Dimethyl-3(2H)-Furanone
  • 2-Hydroxy-3,5,5-Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexen-1-One
  • 4-Hydroxy -3-Pentenoic Acid Lactone
  • 2-Hydroxy-4-Methylbenzaldehyde
  • 4-Hydroxybutanoic Acid Lactone
  • Hydroxycitronellal
  • 6-Hydroxydihydrotheaspirane
  • 4-(para-Hydroxyphenyl)-2-Butanone
  • Hyssop Oil
  • Immortelle Absolute and Extract
  • alpha-Ionone
  • beta-Ionone
  • alpha-Irone
  • Isoamyl Acetate
  • Isoamyl Benzoate
  • Isoamyl Butyrate
  • Isoamyl Cinnamate
  • Isoamyl Formate
  • Isoamyl Hexanoate
  • Isoamyl Isovalerate
  • Isoamyl Octanoate
  • Isoamyl Phenylacetate
  • Isobornyl Acetate
  • Isobutyl Acetate
  • Isobutyl Alcohol
  • Isobutyl Cinnamate
  • Isobutyl Phenylacetate
  • Isobutyl Salicylate
  • 2-Isobutyl-3-Methoxypyrazine
  • alpha-Isobutylphenethyl Alcohol
  • Isobutyraldehyde
  • Isobutyric Acid
  • d,l-Isoleucine
  • alpha-Isomethylionone
  • 2-Isopropylphenol
  • Isovaleric Acid
  • Jasmine Absolute, Concrete and Oil
  • Kola Nut Extract
  • Labdanum Absolute and Oleoresin
  • Lactic Acid
  • Lauric Acid
  • Lauric Aldehyde
  • Lavandin Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Lemon Oil and Extract
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • 1-Leucine
  • Levulinic Acid
  • Licorice Root, Fluid, Extract and Powder
  • Lime Oil
  • Linalool
  • Linalool Oxide
  • Linalyl Acetate
  • Linden Flowers
  • Lovage Oil And Extract
  • 1-Lysine
  • Mace Powder, Extract and Oil
  • Magnesium Carbonate
  • Malic Acid
  • Malt and Malt Extract
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltyl Isobutyrate
  • Mandarin Oil
  • Maple Syrup and Concentrate
  • Mate Leaf, Absolute and Oil
  • para-Mentha-8-Thiol-3-One
  • Menthol
  • Menthone
  • Menthyl Acetate
  • dl-Methionine
  • Methoprene
  • 2-Methoxy-4-Methylphenol
  • 2-Methoxy-4-Vinylphenol
  • para-Methoxybenzaldehyde
  • 1-(para-Methoxyphenyl)-1-Penten-3-One
  • 4-(para-Methoxyphenyl)-2-Butanone
  • 1-(para-Methoxyphenyl)-2-Propanone
  • Methoxypyrazine
  • Methyl 2-Furoate
  • Methyl 2-Octynoate
  • Methyl 2-Pyrrolyl Ketone
  • Methyl Anisate
  • Methyl Anthranilate
  • Methyl Benzoate
  • Methyl Cinnamate
  • Methyl Dihydrojasmonate
  • Methyl Ester of Rosin, Partially Hydrogenated
  • Methyl Isovalerate
  • Methyl Linoleate (48%)
  • Methyl Linolenate (52%) Mixture
  • Methyl Naphthyl Ketone
  • Methyl Nicotinate
  • Methyl Phenylacetate
  • Methyl Salicylate
  • Methyl Sulfide
  • 3-Methyl-1-Cyclopentadecanone
  • 4-Methyl-1-Phenyl-2-Pentanone
  • 5-Methyl-2-Phenyl-2-Hexenal
  • 5-Methyl-2-Thiophenecarboxaldehyde
  • 6-Methyl-3,-5-Heptadien-2-One
  • 2-Methyl-3-(para-Isopropylphenyl) Propionaldehyde
  • 5-Methyl-3-Hexen-2-One
  • 1-Methyl-3Methoxy-4-Isopropylbenzene
  • 4-Methyl-3-Pentene-2-One
  • 2-Methyl-4-Phenylbutyraldehyde
  • 6-Methyl-5-Hepten-2-One
  • 4-Methyl-5-Thiazoleethanol
  • 4-Methyl-5-Vinylthiazole
  • Methyl-alpha-Ionone
  • Methyl-trans-2-Butenoic Acid
  • 4-Methylacetophenone
  • para-Methylanisole
  • alpha-Methylbenzyl Acetate
  • alpha-Methylbenzyl Alcohol
  • 2-Methylbutyraldehyde
  • 3-Methylbutyraldehyde
  • 2-Methylbutyric Acid
  • alpha-Methylcinnamaldehyde
  • Methylcyclopentenolone
  • 2-Methylheptanoic Acid
  • 2-Methylhexanoic Acid
  • 3-Methylpentanoic Acid
  • 4-Methylpentanoic Acid
  • 2-Methylpyrazine
  • 5-Methylquinoxaline
  • 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran-3-One
  • (Methylthio)Methylpyrazine (Mixture Of Isomers)
  • 3-Methylthiopropionaldehyde
  • Methyl 3-Methylthiopropionate
  • 2-Methylvaleric Acid
  • Mimosa Absolute and Extract
  • Molasses Extract and Tincture
  • Mountain Maple Solid Extract
  • Mullein Flowers
  • Myristaldehyde
  • Myristic Acid
  • Myrrh Oil
  • beta-Napthyl Ethyl Ether
  • Nerol
  • Neroli Bigarde Oil
  • Nerolidol
  • Nona-2-trans,6-cis-Dienal
  • 2,6-Nonadien-1-Ol
  • gamma-Nonalactone
  • Nonanal
  • Nonanoic Acid
  • Nonanone
  • trans-2-Nonen-1-Ol
  • 2-Nonenal
  • Nonyl Acetate
  • Nutmeg Powder and Oil
  • Oak Chips Extract and Oil
  • Oak Moss Absolute
  • 9,12-Octadecadienoic Acid (48%) And 9,12,15-Octadecatrienoic Acid (52%)
  • delta-Octalactone
  • gamma-Octalactone
  • Octanal
  • Octanoic Acid
  • 1-Octanol
  • 2-Octanone
  • 3-Octen-2-One
  • 1-Octen-3-Ol
  • 1-Octen-3-Yl Acetate
  • 2-Octenal
  • Octyl Isobutyrate
  • Oleic Acid
  • Olibanum Oil
  • Opoponax Oil And Gum
  • Orange Blossoms Water, Absolute, and Leaf Absolute
  • Orange Oil and Extract
  • Origanum Oil
  • Orris Concrete Oil and Root Extract
  • Palmarosa Oil
  • Palmitic Acid
  • Parsley Seed Oil
  • Patchouli Oil
  • omega-Pentadecalactone
  • 2,3-Pentanedione
  • 2-Pentanone
  • 4-Pentenoic Acid
  • 2-Pentylpyridine
  • Pepper Oil, Black And White
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Peruvian (Bois De Rose) Oil
  • Petitgrain Absolute, Mandarin Oil and Terpeneless Oil
  • alpha-Phellandrene
  • 2-Phenenthyl Acetate
  • Phenenthyl Alcohol
  • Phenethyl Butyrate
  • Phenethyl Cinnamate
  • Phenethyl Isobutyrate
  • Phenethyl Isovalerate
  • Phenethyl Phenylacetate
  • Phenethyl Salicylate
  • 1-Phenyl-1-Propanol
  • 3-Phenyl-1-Propanol
  • 2-Phenyl-2-Butenal
  • 4-Phenyl-3-Buten-2-Ol
  • 4-Phenyl-3-Buten-2-One
  • Phenylacetaldehyde
  • Phenylacetic Acid
  • 1-Phenylalanine
  • 3-Phenylpropionaldehyde
  • 3-Phenylpropionic Acid
  • 3-Phenylpropyl Acetate
  • 3-Phenylpropyl Cinnamate
  • 2-(3-Phenylpropyl)Tetrahydrofuran
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Pimenta Leaf Oil
  • Pine Needle Oil, Pine Oil, Scotch
  • Pineapple Juice Concentrate
  • alpha-Pinene
  • beta-Pinene
  • D-Piperitone
  • Piperonal
  • Pipsissewa Leaf Extract
  • Plum Juice
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • 1-Proline
  • Propenylguaethol
  • Propionic Acid
  • Propyl Acetate
  • Propyl para-Hydroxybenzoate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • 3-Propylidenephthalide
  • Prune Juice and Concentrate
  • Pyridine
  • Pyroligneous Acid And Extract
  • Pyrrole
  • Pyruvic Acid
  • Raisin Juice Concentrate
  • Rhodinol
  • Rose Absolute and Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Rum
  • Rum Ether
  • Rye Extract
  • Sage, Sage Oil, and Sage Oleoresin
  • Salicylaldehyde
  • Sandalwood Oil, Yellow
  • Sclareolide
  • Skatole
  • Smoke Flavor
  • Snakeroot Oil
  • Sodium Acetate
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Sodium Carbonate
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Solanone
  • Spearmint Oil
  • Styrax Extract, Gum and Oil
  • Sucrose Octaacetate
  • Sugar Alcohols
  • Sugars
  • Tagetes Oil
  • Tannic Acid
  • Tartaric Acid
  • Tea Leaf and Absolute
  • alpha-Terpineol
  • Terpinolene
  • Terpinyl Acetate
  • 5,6,7,8-Tetrahydroquinoxaline
  • 1,5,5,9-Tetramethyl-13-Oxatricyclo(,9))Tridecane
  • 2,3,4,5, and 3,4,5,6-Tetramethylethyl-Cyclohexanone
  • 2,3,5,6-Tetramethylpyrazine
  • Thiamine Hydrochloride
  • Thiazole
  • 1-Threonine
  • Thyme Oil, White and Red
  • Thymol
  • Tobacco Extracts
  • Tochopherols (mixed)
  • Tolu Balsam Gum and Extract
  • Tolualdehydes
  • para-Tolyl 3-Methylbutyrate
  • para-Tolyl Acetaldehyde
  • para-Tolyl Acetate
  • para-Tolyl Isobutyrate
  • para-Tolyl Phenylacetate
  • Triacetin
  • 2-Tridecanone
  • 2-Tridecenal
  • Triethyl Citrate
  • 3,5,5-Trimethyl -1-Hexanol
  • para,alpha,alpha-Trimethylbenzyl Alcohol
  • 4-(2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohex-1-Enyl)But-2-En-4-One
  • 2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohex-2-Ene-1,4-Dione
  • 2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohexa-1,3-Dienyl Methan
  • 4-(2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohexa-1,3-Dienyl)But-2-En-4-One
  • 2,2,6-Trimethylcyclohexanone
  • 2,3,5-Trimethylpyrazine
  • 1-Tyrosine
  • delta-Undecalactone
  • gamma-Undecalactone
  • Undecanal
  • 2-Undecanone
  • 10-Undecenal
  • Urea
  • Valencene
  • Valeraldehyde
  • Valerian Root Extract, Oil and Powder
  • Valeric Acid
  • gamma-Valerolactone
  • Valine
  • Vanilla Extract And Oleoresin
  • Vanillin
  • Veratraldehyde
  • Vetiver Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Violet Leaf Absolute
  • Walnut Hull Extract
  • Water
  • Wheat Extract And Flour
  • Wild Cherry Bark Extract
  • Wine and Wine Sherry
  • Xanthan Gum
  • 3,4-Xylenol
  • Yeast

Picture that on the box.


leighmf's picture
leighmf 11 years 41 weeks ago

"Big Tobacco is demon from Hell." says Me-tea.

Gene Savory's picture
Gene Savory 11 years 41 weeks ago

I had a few teachers in junior high school who railed against smoking. My science teacher spoke of a close relative who was attached to a cigarette in nearly every photograph he was in. He also made insect killer from tobacco. Another teacher spoke of cigarettes and his addiction - he begged us to avoid the addiction because he had become addicted in WWII and just could not kick. None of that stopped me from smoking.

I finally quit when I was convinced that my family would suffer from my addiction.

Everyone quits smoking. Some quit before they die.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 11 years 41 weeks ago

You don't really need to extend health benefits down to negative nine months of age; care for expectant mothers covers it.

Elioflight's picture
Elioflight 11 years 41 weeks ago

If corporations are people, they need to be prosecuted like people when they break laws, pay their taxes like people, follow the rules like people, not receive welfare unless they need it, clean up their messes when they leave them, treat others fairly and with respect, etc....

I'd compare this situation to a man having a sex change operation. He becomes a woman and gets to have the fun of being a woman--dressing up and using make-up--without suffering ANY of the REAL trappings of REAL womanhood.


TarryFaster 11 years 41 weeks ago

Here is a bit of "insider" history --

Back in the day (circa 1960's), my mother was the personal, executive secretary to a man name Rhea Howard. Now Rhea inherited, and all of his life ran, the only newspaper in Wichita Falls, Texas. As a result, he was a very close friend of Lyndon B. Johnson. LBJ would often drop by the paper and meet with Rhea. He came to know and called my mom by her first name, gave her flowers, candy, birthday gifts, etc. Often mom would sit in on and take notes of meetings that Rhea and LBJ had.

The first time that LBJ came by to see Rhea, after he left office, mom was privy to the REAL reason he quit. As you may know, LBJ's political career was, beginning in 1941, completely financed by Brown & Root. When George Brown died, about 1962, Brown & Root was taken over by Halliburton. As you may also know, Halliburton/Brown & Root was one of (if not the only/main) contractor for the Viet Nam war. They were making fortunes off building bases, roads, airstrips, etc. in Viet Nam.

When Halliburton bought Brown & Root, LBJ was part of the package and he didn't like it worth a damn because Halliburton had NO intention of stopping the extremely profitable war. So, as LBJ told Rhea on afternoon, "The only way I could git out from under those hogs was to just quit suckin' on their tit." He saw that the longer he stayed, the more money Halliburton would siphon off from his "Great Society" and he REALLY wanted to leave a legacy for the poor and disadvantaged.

Gene Savory's picture
Gene Savory 11 years 41 weeks ago

There is a tar sands pipeline that runs from Superior, Wisconsin, to Pontiac, Illinois. It runs through my area between Malta, Illinois and DeKalb, Illinois. Two lines were laid, one for the crappy oil, and one for a dilution mix to run north and mix to thin out the junk.

I drove by the lines as they were being laid through corn and bean fields. I wondered about the welds in the lines. I wondered how the welds were tested. I am a welder, and have seen the inspection procedures that required that our laboratory to be evacuated as radioscopy was used on a line that was only 70 feet long. I have been assured that the lines are safe.

A thinned out mix of tar sand oil still contains abrasive components. When are we going to see a productive farm field turn black and dead from the very likely leaks? I don't know when, but I'm sure that it will happen. Fingers will be pointed, but the land will still be dead; the energy will still be lost.

ventg4fun's picture
ventg4fun 11 years 41 weeks ago

Jeff Gannon is his name.

Wee Gordie's picture
Wee Gordie 11 years 41 weeks ago

Are people charted by a state in order to exist? Methinks not.

'nuff said


Wee Gordie's picture
Wee Gordie 11 years 41 weeks ago

People still buy Twinkies - but I do agree that your suggestion might deter some folks.
Any chance of you posting a source? The list sure does include a bunch of ingredients.


Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 11 years 41 weeks ago

I Googled this search term:

list of ingredients in cigarettes

and came up with several sites that give the 599 additives to cigarettes. I just copied and pasted the first list from the first site. It isn't difficult to come by the information.


RichardofJeffersonCity's picture
RichardofJeffer... 11 years 41 weeks ago

All they have to do is get this case before the United States Supreme Court or should I say the United States Supreme Corporation Court. In a reality based world the entire tobacco industry should've been liquidated, accounts frozen, CEO's prosecuted and all of the money turned over to BIG GOVERNMENT(protecting the people) to create a fund for the people that Big Tobacco knowingly poisoned, killed and made their product more addictive in the name of profits.

This is of course is not the reality based world we live in. This is a world where industries like the Big Tobacco can bark at the government and say we shouldn’t have to label or indicate that this product is unsafe or harmful. They’ll make the argument in court that their 1st amendment right of free speech is being violated by having to inform their (victims) customers that their product is deadly.

An industry that should no longer exist has the money, influence and the Supreme Court to insure their manufactured constitutional rights will be protected. While, the intend natural constitutional rights of the people they’ve poisoned, killed and profited from their rights will not be considered in the courts of the American “Justice” System set up to protect those very people that a industry like Big Tobacco has preyed upon.

Wrong isn’t a good enough word to describe the subversion of the American “Justice” system. We must as a country find our collective conscious or we’ll be doomed to collapse under the weight of our own divisiveness. Distracted by forces of deception completely unaware of the liberty being stripped from the citizenry and granted to the institutions of wealth and power through the same system set up to protect us from tyranny.

ShadwMan's picture
ShadwMan 11 years 41 weeks ago

Fine... Corporations are people. Time for them to go on trial for being a serial murderer.

nestlewood's picture
nestlewood 11 years 41 weeks ago

I think we should apply capitial punishment to the "persons" who are the tobacco corporations. After all, they kill people knowingly! That is murder one!

David Abbot's picture
David Abbot 11 years 41 weeks ago

The bodies of people who die of smoking-related causes should be saved, and, a few hundred at a time, the corpses dumped in front of the houses of each of the officers of the cigarette corporations, where by law, each corpse will be left to rot in the sun for a minimum of two weeks. Horrific? Yes. Unfair? No, not really; why should those sociopaths be free of the predictable, visible effects of their chosen business?

Lunarelle's picture
Lunarelle 11 years 41 weeks ago

I think the images are those like we have had in Canada for many years: diseased tissue, pictures of terminal cancer victims whose disease was caused by cigarettes, people puffing cigs through their tracheotomies. Much more meaningful than a list of ingredients many people wouldn't comprehend and most won't bother to read.

mwalkerco's picture
mwalkerco 11 years 41 weeks ago

People pay taxes.

Corporation do not (as we see more and more!)

enough said!

Alan Lunn's picture
Alan Lunn 11 years 41 weeks ago

James Bopp is the lawyer-author of Citizens United. He has supposedly nailed the constitutional argument agreed to by a Republican-heavy Supreme Court with at least two members being investigated for conflict-of-interest. The argument is that "corporations are people" and "money = speech" (obvious fantasies, one would think).

This convoluted reasoning takes two things that are foreign to each other (money and speech) and joins them. It reminds me of the changing of the meaning of language by the pigs in "Animal Farm." The language evolves to serve the pigs' agenda. The whole constitution of the farm is completely upended to serve the pigs rising to power. How appropriate is that to what is happening here. We now have a managed democracy and bought politicians.

What Bopp did was to manage to put together a package of legalese that supposedly sounds like it is in sync with the constitution. How can that be? There must be a way to prove that this is nonsense.

birdhaus's picture
birdhaus 11 years 41 weeks ago

"Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person." - David Korten, When Corporations Rule the World (former Professor of the Harvard University Graduate School of Business)

yoohoo's picture
yoohoo 11 years 41 weeks ago

I hope this will go all the way up to the US Supreme Court. I would like to see them deluge with such corporation lawsuits to see how the SCOTUS will handle the Frankenstein monster mess that they created.. Would the corporate-Friendly Chief Justice refuse to review the lawsuit brought to him by a big tobacco company?.

Skepticrat's picture
Skepticrat 11 years 41 weeks ago

If corporations are people, then, reflexively, people are corporations, but that certainly isn't always the case...

I hate to hear some lib rag on the corporatocracy too much... you know the lib I'm talking about: the lib who has an Apple Mac and iPhone; who drinks Starbucks coffee; who eats healthy Archer Daniels Midland agricultural products; who wears Gucci, Jordache, and Nike apparrel; who drives a Honda hybrid; who watches a Sony television; who shops at Wal*Mart; who coifs his hair with Vidal Sassoon; who sleeps on a Tempur-Pedic mattress; who reads the Washington Post,, Newsweek, and the like; who owns an Amana refrigerator; who smokes R.J.Reynolds fine tobaccos; etc., etc.

I hear right now the Prez is on a bus tour in a caravan of about 40 vehicles with three Canadian buses that run $2.2M ea. Talk about smokin'! I hear Al Gore's carbon footprint is 10 times my own. I hear the same James Hansen who predicted an apocalyptic freeze is now the chief spokesman for an apocalyptic melt down... what will they pay him to say next year? I hear a lot of stuff, but it's all just so much flapdoodle.

Dutch163's picture
Dutch163 11 years 41 weeks ago

1. yes, make cigarette companies list their ingredients like other products we consume must have.

2. stop subsidies for tobacco growing

3. make these carcinogens illegal to make and sell

GAFlyer's picture
GAFlyer 11 years 41 weeks ago

This course of action on the part of "Big Tobacco" is nothing more than an outgrowth of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. The ironic thing is that this line of thought, will inevitably lead to an outburst of tabacco advertising.

Logically this is going to happen, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Citizens United, we became a corporate state run by the oligarchs of the corporations. Nothing now will stem the flood tide of unethical and immoral advertising. Look for the "Winston Cup" in NASCAR to be reinstated as the primary sponsor of NASCAR.

We have become that which we greatly feared, a banana republic run by the uber-wealthy and the corporations that pay their salaries. Much like the countries of Central and South America, where the people have no voice, think Somoza regime, Chile, Peru, and all the other nations the US has propped up in their time. Amerikkka, has lost its place as a 1st world country, no longer having the status of a developed nation, we are now a debtor nation, beholden to the Chinese, Arabs and all other countries and people that hold the dollar as international currency.

nelle242 11 years 41 weeks ago

A picture of dying lung cancer patients should be on every package. My father died at age 52 from smoking non-filter Lucky Strikes for 40 years. Suffocating slowly to death is not an easy death!! It is horrifying to watch the suffering.

2950-10K's picture
2950-10K 11 years 41 weeks ago

About 400 years ago King James I made some interesting observations concerning tobacco use. He wrote "loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, and dangerous to the lungs." He also wrote about one smoker whose stomach at death contained a bushel of soot.

Add another $4 tax per pack!

LivingOverseas 11 years 41 weeks ago

By definition, companies are NOT people. DUH. Can a company undergo chemotherapy? I think not. Nuff said.

Wee Gordie's picture
Wee Gordie 11 years 41 weeks ago

Thanks Maxrot.

WakeUpAmerica 11 years 41 weeks ago

Corporations are People, only because the John Birch Society has done a make-over -- They have a specific goal and roadmap, to remake American in the image of that John Birch Society --

The John Birch Society Redeaux- Where is the investigation, the movie, the reporting? The most responsive and positive communications I get when discussing political affairs includes: 1. Making the link between Koch, each of their 501 think tanks and the John Birch Society, redeaux.2. Since 1970s, there has been a frontal assault by these Birchers who abandoned their racist society, to impose their agenda, by co-opting the: COURTS, CONGRESS and the EXECUTIVE REGULATORY BRANCHES of government.3. Since the 1970s they have vetted judges to make sure their Executives (Bush) picked their Judicial choices, Alito, Roberts, Thomas, Scalia, and now we have Citizens United.4. Alec is a shadow government, that is road mapping their take-over of State and Federal seats of power, setting agendas, writing legislation, all under the guise of a 501.5. Koch started the tea party, and funds anything that strengthens their hand at electing congressmen who will not regulate against them, saving them billions of dollars.6. During Bush, these interests controlled the Executive Regulatory Branch of government, and we saw failure after failure: Mine Safety, Off shore drilling, FDA breaches, salmonella in food, SEC and Banking - Madoff and the Bank Failures, Intelligence, and the list goes on, to the point that we are so far in debt and must join the Birch coalition and cut social services, or raise taxes.7. They have neutered Obama, a man who wants them to like him, and be invited to their party, and have stolen his voice for American, as we become a fascist state, that they control and manipulate.8. Their goal among many spewed by the John Birch Society is to have the US gov't collect taxes, to pay to them, and maintain all infrastructure to enable them to make money and attract investment, as they play their global economic game to win, as in the movie "trading places".

JKE-Julian's picture
JKE-Julian 11 years 41 weeks ago


This video lecture is from 2007 by Naomi Oreskes, <> mentions the same paid off scientists, Robert Jastrow, Fred Seitz, Bill Nierenberg, and Fred Singer who push "scientific" doubts about dangers of tobacco and later were hired to push doubts about global warming.

JKE-Julian's picture
JKE-Julian 11 years 41 weeks ago

If corporations are people, wouldn't merging be people eating people, commonly known as canibalism, which is against the law?

If corporations are people, shouldn't those conservatives who are opposed to same sex marriage be against corporate mergers unless they can medically determine the sex of the corporations involved?

If corporations are people, isn't it against the law for a corporations to merge if one or more of the corporations are under a state's legal age of consent?

If corporations are people, isn't it against the law in most states if there is more than two people involved in joining in that relationship?

Marcine 11 years 41 weeks ago

I corporations are people, can they be tried for assisted suicide?

patrick H.T. paine's picture
patrick H.T. paine 11 years 41 weeks ago

"To conquer, first divide!"

The sad part about forums like this, is that it illustrates democracy and the effects of opinion entitlement and is interesting standard if you believe that one is entitled to "ignorance".....which can be supported by the citation of the First Article of the Bill of Rights, which allows belief in any faith based fantasy you choose, but also notes in Article 6, that the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land....and where "seperation of church and state" resides. The claim that the united States is a christian nation, and/or possibly any other type of mythology.....can not be supported, since "no religious test" can be imposed to hold any public office. To reason intelligently, if the united States were intended to be associated with any mythology, then a test verifying allegiance to that mythology would be mandatory, would it not? ( rhetorical )

Which brings us to tobacco and government, or rather government involvement with tobacco.....which involves the FDA, and something that happenned a while back in some of the several states, called the tobacco settlement......whose monies were designated for "specific purposes" and which raises a number of questions........

1.) Where did this money go?

and second......

2.) Why haven't all the additives been banned by the FDA? This being somewhat of a no-brainer given THIS fact one wonders why the tobacco companies aren't doing this voluntarilly since it would seem to me that production costs would go down?

Many of the problems we face, as a nation, are due to a rather strange phenomenon which ultimately resides in a mythological concept: "enlightened self interest". This reality does not exist and is a rare trait among individuals, who can be relied upon to act in their "perceived self interest" which shares no connection to anything close to a reasoned and intelligent solution.

Why? Because "solving problems" puts the "problem solver" out of business....and since our approach to this via education is also a mythology whereby one pays for certification in order to participate with increased degrees of specialisation.......this certainly self defeating. Consider that the two elite professions, that of medicine and law, result in a "license to practice".....mainly on YOU. ( the paying VICTIM )

Consider the so called health care debate, which has nothing to do with "health care", but which carried the argument that a certain class of people were being denied it, and because of this a certain pertcentage of people were dying......but the stark facts are these.......being exposed to "health care" represents the largest number of preventable deaths in the united States, so more of them would actually DIE, from it, then do now, for lack of it. In the late 70's iatrogenic stats for hospitals were that 1 in 5 caught something they didn't have and one in 30 of those died, which made your odds of getting out alive at 149 to 1. Recently the first stat was reported at 1 in 3, and another study pegs the deaths at at between 700,00 to 900,000 deaths per year.....and these deaths are for something other than what they were there to be treated for.

"Do not ask for whom the bell tolls..................."

notatwit's picture
notatwit 11 years 41 weeks ago

thom mentioned that since he started smoking earlier, it was harder to quit smoking. this really isn't accurate since back when, cigarettes were nowhere near as addictive as they are now. I started when I was 8 years old, back in the 60s and quit in my 20s. people today have a MUCH harder time quitting, regardless of when they started.

DFMM's picture
DFMM 11 years 41 weeks ago

Re. Corporations are people. The argument is flawed on a couple of grounds. First; it fails on the grounds of equality, i.e. if a=b, then b=a. That means that if corporations are people, then people are corporations and people should have the same rights as corporations --- such as being able to shelter income overseas. Second; Seton Motley made the argument to Thom that people form corporations, as if the personhood of the people who establish corporations is transferred to the person itself. That contention is somewhat along the same line as the argument that Romney made when he said that the money a corporation receives goes to people, therefore corporations are people. If you want to make the Romney argument, then when a corporation causes damage, injury, death, etc.; then by the same token that the money the corporation makes goes to people, why doesn't the punishment against the corporation also pass on to those who run the corporation, why aren't those people, fined, given life without parole, or even the death penalty? Dan, San Diego.

Rick in Canadia's picture
Rick in Canadia 11 years 41 weeks ago

With rights come responsibilities.

As a citizen / person, you have rights but also responsibilities.

It seems that corporations want the rights but without the responsibilities. If as a person, I commit a crime, I can't 'fold up' my person-hood and start over clean. The analogies get silly at times, but for a person, lying to some government officials is a crime. If those officials, in their regulatory role, ask a company if they know of any risks to the public and they lie.. crime.

Someone mentioned immigration. How about if a foreign national enters the US and forms a corporation? There is then a 'person' or even 'citizen' created. Now, if you tell that actual person to leave, you could be depriving that corporate person of its 'right' to life... pursuit of profit or whatever.. Bet the republicans would love that.

There we go, maybe we need a bill of corporate rights spelling out what they expect to have, and see if it makes sense.

We have good ugly photos on our cigarette packs and they are kept on shelves away from display to kids etc.. People still smoke, but I would say they are a slowly dying breed. Smoking killed my mother. I have no sympathy from the profiteers of death in whatever industries. They can have the smoking section, in Hell.

Good luck.


MaryMary's picture
MaryMary 11 years 41 weeks ago

And you call the officers of cigarette corporations sociopaths! Corpses left rotting in the sun. You are a psychopath. Get help.

David Abbot's picture
David Abbot 11 years 41 weeks ago

I think you're right: every liberal is a lying hypocrit. The ONLY people who EVER tell the truth are the republicans, and they ALWAYS tell the truth. For instance, when Newt Ginrich said that he screwed around on all of his wifes because he loves his country. And of course Newt also said that God has forgiven him for screwing around on all of his wifes. (And presumably God has also forgiven Newt for serving his first wife (or was it his second wife? Or his third wife? It's hard to keep track of so many wives...) with divorce papers when she was in the hospital being treated for cancer. You have to love a guy like Newt, who can excuse anything that he does by saying that he only did it because he loves his country. But wait a minute: what was Newt's attitude toward Clinton when Clinton fooled around? Well, interestingly, Newt was outraged, simply and very loudly outraged at Clinton, and demanded that Clinton be impeached and never said a word about God forgiving Clinton. And yet somehow Newt can run for president while admitting that he has screwed around on his wives. But anyway, back to the main point: all republicans always tell the truth. So, can we presume that when Newt was screwing around on his wives, he told them, "Listen honey, I'm going to be back late tonight, I have to meet my girlfriend at the No-Tell Motel, for a night of torrid sex. I'll see you and the kids tomorrow, ok?" Yes, I'm sure that's what Newt told his wives. Because Newt, like all republicans, always tells the truth.

So, now would you care to discuss the lies and hypocrisy of Bush and his brothers and their father, Dick Cheney, Wolfowitz, Mit Romney, Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, and the rest of their sociopathic fascist cohorts? Those flaming hypocrites who claim to be Christians and yet who ignore virtually everything that Jesus said? Who claim that abortion is awful because it ends lives and yet they like and even enjoy the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people whose only "crime" is that they like a different religion? So, are you a "Christian," too? (I only ask because if you're the same sort of Christian as the politicians you like, I'd better watch out or you'll kill me, which, of course, is exactly what Jesus would do.

David Abbot's picture
David Abbot 11 years 41 weeks ago

Ok MaryMary, you're right: I went too far. Sorry. I was totally out of line. In other words, I'm not a psychopath because I am capable of accepting criticism and capable of admitting it when I'm wrong. So, when was the last time the cigarette industry was honest about what they do to people for a living? Or do you feel it's best to only criticize people who criticize the cigarette industry? Speaking of which, do you work for the cigarette industry?

The way things are now, the people who run the cigarette industry get manicures to keep their hands looking nice and clean, and they eat in restaurants where the linen tablecloths are clean, and their cars are clean, their houses and lawns look so neat and nice. And yet in spite of all this "cleanliness," the stench of their pretense, the stench of the millions of deaths they are directly responsible for, the stench of the bribes they have given to congress to keep their poisonous products legal, the pain of the families of the people those corporate executives have killed... I guess I was just thinking it would be a bit of reality therapy if those sociopaths were forced to look at the dead bodies of their victims.

But you're right, it would be totally unfair for those sociopaths to have to look at what they have done. The families of the dead should just suck it up and deal with it, and the sociopaths should just keep on reaping billions of dollars in profits and have no consequences whatsoever.

Cigarettes killed my mother. She tried to quit, but those corporate sociopaths have spent millions of dollars making cigarettes so addictive that it's actually easier to quit heroin than to quit smoking cigarettes. My mother could not quit. So, she got horribly sick and then she died. It took a long time for her to waste away and die. I remember the sound of her coughing every morning, trying to get enough air into her lungs so she could get out of bed. I remember her sunken cheeks. I remember her falling down the stairs when she lost her balance because of the side-effects of the medications they put her on. But most of all, I remember how her mind and her personality went south because of the medications her doctors gave her. The corporate sociopaths who did that to my mother, do not have any of these memories of her, because they never met my mother. Killing my mother was simply a business decision for them: they wanted her money, and they killed her to get it. They don't care that she had a family. They don't care that before they nade her sick, she played the piano. All they care about is that before they killed her, they got her money.

Those sociopaths could make money producing food, clothing, houses, or other consumer goods. They could make money providing services that people need. But no. Those sociopaths choose to make money killing people. Millions of long, slow, lingering, extremely painful, extremely expensive deaths. But I'm a psychopath for fantasizing- for joking about those sociopaths having to look at some of the many millions of people they have killed. I'm sorry if my fantasy/joke upset you. The sociopaths who killed my mother are not sorry. Do you see the difference?

MaryMary's picture
MaryMary 11 years 40 weeks ago

You really do need help. Where did you get from my post I was defending the cigarette industry. No I don't work for the cigarette industry, I've never smoked, in fact I detest smoking and those who do. I was pointing out the crazinest of you statement. A Psychopath calling someone a sociopath. Please get some help. There is a better world out here then the one you see.

David Abbot's picture
David Abbot 11 years 40 weeks ago

Republicans substitute repetition for debate. No logic required, just repeat those talking points, and keep them short and accusatory or fear-mongering. You are free to keep repeating your claim that I need help.

"The craziness" of my statement? So it's uncontrovertible evidence of psychosis on my part, that I feel it would be fair for people who are responsible for the deaths of millions of people, to face the reality of what they have done? I don't think that very many psychiatrists would agree with you on that point. In fact, I know two mental health professionals, whose job it is to determine when people are a threat to themselves or other people and to order those people to be placed in mental institutions; and these mental health professionals tell me that my statements could not possibly be construed as evidence of serious mental illness. (You know, in Russia, China, and other totalitarian countries, one of the ways they deal with people who state uncomfortable truths, is to accuse them of being mentally ill and confine them to mental institutions.) Admittedly, my idea of dumping their victims' dead bodies on their doorsteps, is extreme. And in point of fact I wouldn't do it. AS I SAID, it was a fantasy, a joke. And my awareness of the fact that it is a fantasy, is both legally and psychiatrically what separates me from people who would act out such an idea. Another thing that republicans do, is to not hear the opposing side's reasoning. No logic required, just keep repeating those talking points and you're certain to hypnotize some of the people. But not all the people and not all the time.

Let's talk about "a better world." According to Christian, Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, Hebrew, and Muslim scriptures, one of the things that happens when people die, BEFORE they go to "a better world," is that they are faced with what they did in their life. Are you saying that it is generically "crazy" for all of those scriptures to state that people have to face what they have done to others in order to pass certain points in their process of spiritual growth? Or are you saying that it's specifically "crazy" for me to joke that people who murder other people for money, should be faced with the results of their actions?

One of the things that honest practitioners of the above-cited spiritual paths do, is to fast-track their spiritual growth process by here and now facing what they have done and resolving it, healing themselves before they die. My fantasy, admittedly based at least partly in what those sociopaths did to my mother, was for the cigarette industry executives to be "fast-tracked," karmicly speaking, thereby getting a jump on the afterlife and thereby preventing them from murdering more people. And in point of fact- although it's certainly not my job to do it- if cigarette industry executives were forced to face the murders they are responsible for, and forced to face the emotional sequelae in the lives of their victims' families and friends, statistically speaking it is likely that some of them would begin to engage in what psychiatrist Scott Peck called genuine suffering. Peck said that avoiding genuine suffering causes neurotic suffering, the difference being that genuine suffering creates healing, while neurotic suffering is simply a repetition, over and over, of the same suffering, with no healing. (Which reminds me of republicans, with their eternal wars on this, that, and the other thing, and cigarette industry executives, with their murders- over decade upon decade- of so many millions of people.) Psychiatrist Carl Jung said, "Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering." The people who run the cigarette industry have, for a very long time, avoided the suffering inherent in their chosen career of murdering people for money. Physically speaking they live in gated communities, but more importantly, they live in emotional isolation from the people they harm. And based on my 13 years of psychotherapy and from closely observing the people around me going through cycles and evolutions and healings in their lives, I feel comfortable saying that it's not only statistically likely that some of the corporate sociopaths would truly reform if faced with the reality of what they have done, it is certain.

You say that you detest people who smoke. So you would have detested my mother, even though she never did anything to you or to anyone you know? Why would you say that to someone whose mother died from smoking? Is that some aspect of the "better world" you mentioned?

In conclusion, I would like to quote Opus the penguin: "PPHGSTHP!"

Ursel Twing's picture
Ursel Twing 11 years 40 weeks ago

Eating too many lemons will cause the enamel to come off your teeth. Lets put pictures on each lemon of rotten teeth.

David Abbot's picture
David Abbot 11 years 40 weeks ago

Let's put a label on republicans, that says, "I can't tell the difference between eating lemons and smoking cigarettes."

You're not preaching to the choir here, son. Maybe you should go to Ann Coulter's website and try to to help her convince people that nuclear waste is the breakfast of champions. And here are some more slogans you could promote: loss of freedom is freedom, war is the only way to get to peace, everyone hates us because God loves us and He doesn't love them, God wants us to kill foreigners, the Ten Commandments only apply when I am trying to force you to believe exactly as I believe but the Ten Commandments do not apply when it comes to imprisoning, torturing, and killing innocent people.

Why, there's no limit to the nonsense you could promote, so come on, get to it!

MaryMary's picture
MaryMary 11 years 40 weeks ago

David, I'm curious. I'm sorry for you mothers death, but why did the "sociapaths" at the tobacco companies choose to kill her, and not me? How do they make their selections? I guess I'm lucky they didn't choose to kill me. One more point, I guess you get a lot of excercise jumping to conclusions. I'm wondering what makes you think I'm a Republican? Or have an interest in politics at all. You should also get your money back from those 13 years you spent in psychotherapy, I don't think it worked.

David Abbot's picture
David Abbot 11 years 40 weeks ago

So now, rather than saying you are disgusted by people who smoke, you say that you are sorry for my mother's death. That's kind of you, isn't it?

I get your point: you are offering up the old republican "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" argument, the one they always trot out when they are trying to excuse hyper wealthy people stealing money from the middle class and the poor. Free Market Rules, dude! Well, I'll tell you something about the "Free Market:" it's only a free market if you own it. Everyone else has to pay. And pay. Milton Freedman and the other "economists" who blather about that crap have never been on the shit end of the "free market" stick that they like to wave around. Or if they have been on it, they decided that rather than trying to make things better for the middle class and the poor, they would join and help the wealthy thieves.

And about my mother: it's always the fault of the addict, isn't it? It is never the fault of the corporate executives who hire chemists, medical doctors, and psychologists, to do clinical trials that help them determine what chemicals to put into cigarettes and how to genetically engineer tobacco so that cigarettes are more addictive than heroin. In Asia and third world countries, cigarette makers give cigarettes away for free, to get people hooked. And they specifically target children. You know, just like illegal drug dealers do: "Here, have some of this cocaine. Hey, no charge, I'll just give you some out of th kindness of my heart." But then, when the person gets addicted, the dealer says, "Sorry, but now that you are addicted, it's not free anymore. It's going to cost you." And it does cost them.

The only difference between cigarette manufacturers and illegal drug dealers is that cigarette manufacturers are smarter: they pass out massive amounts of money every year (which only amounts to a small percentage of their incredibly huge profits), to fund propaganda programs, (such as the program that is almost undoubtedly paying you to make ridiculously insupportable posts on Thom's web site), bribe congress to keep cigarettes legal, and pay millions of dollars every year to lawyers to defend themselves against the lawsuits that inevitably come up when you sell poisonous products that, if used according to the manufacturer's directions, kill about a third of the people who use those products.

Don't be coy. I think you're a republican because you debate like one. If it has feathers like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. And I have to tell you, I didn't get any aerobic exercise jumping to that particular conclusion.

You're right that most of the time I spent in psychotherapy was wasted, and you are also right that I should get most of my money back. And you know why most of that money was wasted? Because many of the psychologists and psychiatrists out there are like you: all talking points and no substance. All smoke and mirrors. All fertilizer and no food. I often found myself forced to leave therapists because their mental problems were preventing them from helping me deal with mine. In fact, some of them actively tried to impair my healing process. You know, sort of like republicans saying, "All we want to do is help America," when if you look at republican voting records over the past 30 years it's quite clear that they have been selling America to the wealthy, tricking the middle class and the poor out of lots of their money and outright stealing most of the rest of their money. And when the results of their crimes become obvious in terms of the breakdown of economic viability in black, latino, and now even white communities, the republicans blame the victims.

You know, I'm glad you brought up the subject of mental health, because you could find out all about corporate executives and other republicans by reading psychiatrist Scott Peck's seminal book, "Children of The Lie." In that book, Peck reveals why corporate executives and other republicans tell the huge lies that destroy people, families, and economies, and why they blame all of their destructive actions on other people. The therapists I had to leave must have been republicans, because they take shameless advantage of the most helpless people in our society: people with mental illnesses. They get rich, and their patients stay sick. You know, like Nurse Ratchet in "One Flies Over the Cuckoo's Nest," who, when she succeeded in undermining the mental health of her patients, would put that smug, tight little smile on her face, and you could just tell it wasn't her smile, it was the smile of her neurosis.

Look, MaryMary, I understand you posting silliness on Thom's blog if it's the only job you could find, because everyone needs to eat and pay the rent. But if this is in fact the only job you could find, you might consider which group of people it is who have reduced America to this sad state of affairs. I'll give you a hint: it's the republicans-the very people who are paying you to help the cigarette corporations kill more people and the bankers steal the rest of everyone's money. And what exactly is it that makes you think they're not going to want the rest of your money? And if you get your way and they win, who exactly do you think will defend your rights?

Ok, now you can repeat your talking point that I need help. But if you would like this conversation to continue, you're going to have to do better than that.

MaryMary's picture
MaryMary 11 years 40 weeks ago

David, I'm flabbergasted. First, I'm not a member of any political party. Politics is for people who want to change lives, not live life. I enjoy being alive. Second, I don't get paid for posting here, I didn't know I could get paid. Sounds like a pretty good gig though, where do I go to apply? Third, I'm sorry for your illness. I don't have any words of advice for you. You seem intelligent, but unable to take responsibility for you actions. You want to blame everyone else for your problems. I don't know if you can take criticism. I'm a straight shooter. I say what I feel without sugar coating it. If you don't like that, don't continue the conversation. If you want my unvarnished, non political opinion than lets continue. The choice is yours.

David Abbot's picture
David Abbot 11 years 40 weeks ago

I have accomplished what I wanted to accomplish: people who read our exchange have enough information from you and enough from me, so they can decide for themselves. Goodbye and good luck.

Ming's picture
Ming 11 years 40 weeks ago

Make tobaco illegal and instead, grow industrial hemp. Most beneficial plant there is. You really can't smoke it, and you won't have millions dying horribly every year from tobacco!

Thom's Blog Is On the Move

Hello All

Thom's blog in this space and moving to a new home.

Please follow us across to - this will be the only place going forward to read Thom's blog posts and articles.

From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"With the ever-growing influence of corporate CEOs and their right-wing allies in all aspects of American life, Hartmann’s work is more relevant than ever. Throughout his career, Hartmann has spoken compellingly about the value of people-centered democracy and the challenges that millions of ordinary Americans face today as a result of a dogma dedicated to putting profit above all else. This collection is a rousing call for Americans to work together and put people first again."
Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann is a creative thinker and committed small-d democrat. He has dealt with a wide range of topics throughout his life, and this book provides an excellent cross section. The Thom Hartmann Reader will make people both angry and motivated to act."
Dean Baker, economist and author of Plunder and Blunder, False Profits, and Taking Economics Seriously
From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Beneath the success and rise of American enterprise is an untold history that is antithetical to every value Americans hold dear. This is a seminal work, a godsend really, a clear message to every citizen about the need to reform our country, laws, and companies."
Paul Hawken, coauthor of Natural Capitalism and author of The Ecology of Commerce