Regarding Thursday’s letter “$1.2 million award a jury’s big mistake,” concerning a lawsuit against tobacco companies, the writer noted that each of us must take responsibility for our own actions. As a member of the jury, I would like to respond.
Increasingly, taking ownership for one’s actions is less and less the norm. So almost reflexively, to counter that tide, an understandable response would be to give sole culpability to the smoker. The plaintiff started smoking in 1940. Smoking was portrayed as glamorous then. You were the exception if you didn’t smoke. The harmful effects were not well understood.
Subscribers get total access to this story, and all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive content. Subscribe today, or try a 24-hour or 7-day digital pass.
Registered Post Subscriber — Sign me in.Sign In
Post Print Subscriber — I need to register my account for digital access.Access Digital
All Day Access — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24 hours
All Week Access — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7 days
All Access, All the Time — Print & DigitalView Offers