For nearly half of the 20th century, big tobacco deliberately disguised
the facts which proved cigarettes and other tobacco-related products increase
the chances of developing lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
and emphysema. In fact, large tobacco corporations aimed many of their
ads at society’s young, focusing on teens, women, and children.
Due to the desire for profit gained by user’s money, the company
risked the lives of millions of men and women everywhere.
Unfortunately, the men and women susceptible to such advertisements during
this time are now dying. Research shows that every year, 440,000 Americans
die due to tobacco products such as cigarettes. However, now that some
are beginning to speak out against these harmful advertisements from the
past, Big Tobacco denies any of the accusations that have been made.
One woman tells her story of when she was a little girl and used to buy
cigarettes from a candy store down the street from her home nearly 70
years ago. She explains that in those days, smoking was advertised as
a healthy activity that even doctors and dentists condoned.
After seven years of fighting to hold tobacco companies accountable for
corporate fraud and deceit, and for their actions of convincing people
that tobacco products are healthy, the 84-year-old woman passed away.
Her efforts were to not only recover compensation for her own harm, but
to pave the way for other cigarette company victims who may be suffering
Although the woman passed away before her case was tried, her children
continue to fight for the rights of those harmed by the Big Tobacco companies.
Currently, her children are pursuing a wrongful death claim.
The South Florida trial attorneys from Kelley/Uustal offer their condolences
to the friends and families of those who have been victims of Big Tobacco.