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.
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