The current anti-smoking campaign
not about your health ...
It is all about
YOUR MONEY... They want it!
Who Profits in the Tobacco Wars?
Ever wonder how much money attorney's are making in all
the tobacco related lawsuits? Or do you think they're donating their services
in the public interest? It's not unrealistic that half of the settlement money
goes directly into the pockets of these legal vultures.
- Lawyers involved in the Florida suit were asking for
$185,000 an hour.
- The team of five lawyers who negotiated a $17.3
billion settlement in Texas' lawsuit against tobacco
companies has been awarded a record $3.3 billion in fees. Florida lawyers
$3.43 billion, and the Mississippi team was awarded $1.43 billion.
- The tobacco industry was ordered to pay $775 million
in legal fees to five Massachusetts firms that sued on behalf of that
- Minnesota, Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey
and Utah have agreed to pay attorneys 25 percent of the settlement amount,
while Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas, Hawaii and Illinois have agreed to pay between
10 and 20 percent.
Smoking related lawsuits have become a
big money maker
for attorneys. They are getting more of the money than some states would
receive in total under the national settlement. They see it as such a lucrative
cash cow that they are beginning to go so far as even advertising for
- Lawyers from the Tobacco Control Resource Center at the
Northeastern University School of Law placed the ads in The Boston Globe and
the Boston Herald seeking nonsmoking bar and restaurant workers willing to sue
over health problems they blame on secondhand smoke. [Associated Press, March
Apparently, Congress agrees that lawyers should earn these
ridiculous fees. The U.S. Senate passed an amendment as part of Senator John
McCain's National Tobacco Policy and Youth Smoking
Reduction Act to pay attorneys as much as $4,000 per hour for their
work in bringing lawsuits against tobacco companies.
down an amendment proposed by Sen. Lauch Faircloth (R-N.C.) which proposed to
cap the fees of trial lawyers involved in tobacco litigation to $250 per hour.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the cap "more than a fair wage." Without a
limit, he said, the Senate could help to create "an exclusive club of trial
Following the defeat in Congress of Sen. John
McCain's National Tobacco Policy and Youth Smoking Reduction Act (S. 1415), 46
state attorneys general, led by NY State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and
major tobacco manufacturers sat down and ironed out the
Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), based on the same plan
that had already been rejected by Congress. It was in effect, a new national
sales tax on cigarettes, the cost estimated at $240 billion over the first 25
NY State Attorney General
Private lawyers representing 40 states in their suits
against the tobacco industry stand to get more than $14.7 billion over 25
years. Four national firms - based in Seattle, Mississippi and South Carolina -
stand to reap the most. Together, these firms represent two dozen of the states
and could reap the lion's share of $10 billion in fees from those states.
What each lawyer is paid has been kept private, in accordance with the
1998 Master Settlement Agreement. Only the total amount awarded lawyers by each
state were made public.
What the Master Settlement Agreement
essentially created was a national government/tobacco cartel that harmed both
consumers and small businesses by increasing cigarette prices and restricting
competition. It was a backroom deal between state governments and big tobacco
State attorneys general came out winners as they expanded
their own power. Trial lawyers associated with the state lawsuits were also BIG
Analyses by a watchdog group show that some lawyers were paid
more than $15,000 per hour. Individual firms that originated the lawsuits and
were subsequently used by many states, reportedly will reap as much as $3
billion. Private attorneys in Texas, Mississippi and Florida made out like
bandits, fleecing tobacco companies, smokers and taxpayers for $8.2 billion in
legal fees -- billions more than the lawyers themselves had demanded!
Now, don't miss this double standard!
they also sue the homosexual partner of AIDS patients? Do they sue the condom
manufacturer when his government issued condom fails to protect its user from
disease or unplanned pregnancy? Do they sue the abortion industry in light of
the fact that women having abortions are 400 times more likely to contract
breast cancer? Do they sue the brewery for their role in the millions of
alcoholics in treatment programs or those who crash their car into innocent
Why not? Because suggesting that a homosexual
partner might be responsible for spreading AIDS would be insensitive, defective
condoms would suggest an irresponsible government agency, they consider
abortion as "health care", and hey, even judges enjoy a stiff shot at the end
of a stressful day.
Folks, it has
nothing to do with health
... it's about your
This attempt to disguise outrageous double standards as
a concern for your health is as offensive as it is transparent. Whenever they
can get away with it, these liberal socialists show nothing but contempt for
the constitution of the United States and is willing to do whatever it takes to
strip you of your money and freedom.
A hundred years ago the anti-smoking people claimed that smoking
caused Tuberculosis. That was a lie. Tuberculosis is caused by the bacillus
Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, a known fact in the 1880s. The anti-smoking
group lied then, they are lying now.
There is an old saying, "Follow
the Money". The anti smoking industry is a multi-billion dollar a year
industry, a real money maker most of it tax dollars. I ask you, would
these people lie for money? I think the answer is obvious.
benificiary of the tobacco wars are the Insurance
Companies Profiting from Smoking