A lawsuit ruling brought by chain smoker’s widow against R.J. Reynolds was awarded the largest dollar amount of damages in history of any ruling against big tobacco.
“The jury wanted to send a statement that tobacco cannot continue to lie to the American people and the American government about the addictiveness of and the deadly chemicals in their cigarettes,”
Stated Christopher Chestnut, one of Robinson’s lawyers.
It took 11 hours for the Jury to determine the case. Upon returning they awarded a compensatory payout of $7.3 million to Robinson and $9.6 million to the couple’s son.
Seven Hours Later
Then the jury took another 7 hours to determine the punitive award. This is when the multibillion-dollar damage award was dropped like a lead hammer.
Big Tobacco Fuming
“This verdict goes far beyond the realm of reasonableness and fairness, and is completely inconsistent with the evidence presented,” said company vice president and assistant general counsel J. Jeffrey Raborn. He vowed to appeal the “runaway verdict” that Robinson’s legal team said was the largest wrongful death payout for a single plaintiff in Florida history.
Filmmaker Nadia Collot took three years to dig deep into the global tobacco industry and uncover the major lies and fraud for which it’s responsible.
In The Tobacco Conspiracy (Kuiv Productions and National Film Board of Canada), the network of deceit and lies of the Big Tobacco companies is highlighted, as well as the expanse of this manipulation and corruption.
Featuring interviews with experts and thoroughly researched documentation, Collot delivers one of the most powerful looks at the fraudulent tobacco industry.
Investigation Into Big Tobacco
Collot asks, “Why is cigarette smoking so popular and accepted despite all the information we have?” A former smoker of 20 years, Collot spent three years looking for an explanation to this question. Her discoveries are well-documented in this must-see film.
She examines various aspects of the fraudulent roles of Big Tobacco, including how the tobacco industry distorts scientific research and even uses bribery of scientists and researchers to manipulate data in order to serve its own interests and purposes. Tobacco companies recognized privately in 1953 that smoking is directly related to cancer, yet they banded together to release The Frank Statement that denied this correlation.
While there have been successes in the fight against Big Tobacco—implementation of graphic warning labels, advertising restrictions, even increased taxation—there is still a way to get around rules. And that’s most often done using lots of money. As an example, this documentary looks into how tobacco companies use hidden product placement as a means of evading advertising regulations. Cigarette companies pay heavily for smoking scenes to be included in television and film.
Tobacco and Government
Because cigarettes are heavily taxed, the government is constantly at war with itself. The taxation provides a heavy and consistent flow of revenue. Yet there are severe health implications that result from tobacco use.
The Tobacco Conspiracy also sheds light on the international smuggling role the industry plays. As smugglers infiltrate poor companies, they distribute free cigarettes to young people with the specific goal of getting them addicted. Once they are, the smugglers then charge money for the smokes. The tobacco companies then approach the poor country’s government and explain how much revenue is lost, and offers to distribute the cigarettes in order to provide a consistent flow of money.
Watch This Documentary for Free
The Tobacco Conspiracy shows viewers endless amount of documentation and information that may astound some as to the lengths the tobacco industry will go to in order to gain new customers and make more money. This hour and half film is available for viewing online at no cost.