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  • stocksforlife stocksforlife Jan 8, 1998 9:43 PM Flag

    Let's talk investments

    This is an investment bulletin, not a political action board. Yes, smoking is bad for your heath. So is driving, not
    exercising, getting shot, too much stress, too much work, eating red meat, irradiated food, fast food, arguing with people, worrying too
    much, blah, blah, blah.... Let's get with it. Tell me how many people were forced to smoke. It's a CHOICE. I like eating the
    occasional hamburger - if I get clogged arteries and die will I sue McDonald's - heck no. It's a CHOICE. Bless our rights and freedoms.
    And please, quit whining "DR" JunJun.

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    • Stocksforlife says: "Yes, smoking is bad for your
      heath. So is driving, not
      exercising, getting shot, too much stress, too much work, eating red meat, irradiated food,
      fast food, arguing with people, worrying too
      much, blah, blah, blah.... I like eating the
      occasional hamburger - if I get clogged arteries and die will I sue McDonald's - heck no."

      I really think someone should look into the lack of long-term memory of MO shareholders on this message board. The lack of logic in the above argument (since there are many things that are
      bad, they should all be treated the same--there is a huge difference in the risks due to smoking vs the other things mentioned) has been addressed previously.

      As to whether you would sue McDonald's, my guess is you would if (theoretically) they had withheld from the public for decades the fact that their hamburgers contain poison and funded bogus studies to steer legitimate researchers away from finding that out and claiming burgers were healthy.

      All you need to do is compare what a drug company does when an unexpected risk to one of its drugs is reported vs what the
      tobacco companies have done for 40 years. A drug company will immediately pull the product from the market and often provide free
      evaluations to patients to make sure they don't have the problem (e.g. the heart valve risk from Redux). The tobacco companies lied and
      covered up for decades, let alone pull their deadly product from the market. That's why they are different from all other companies
      and thus deserve the "special attention" of govt lawyers. If McDonalds or any other company is found to have done what the
      tobacco companies have done, the same thing will happen. However, there's no evidence that any companies have even come close to
      what the tobacco companies have done, which is why they are in a class all by themselves in terms of legal liability.

 
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