The Cipollone Vs. Liggett Group, Inc. Case Against Three Tobacco Companies

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In the Cipollone vs. Liggett Group, Inc. court case against three tobacco companies, Antonio Cipollone, a husband sued three tobacco companies for the death of his wife, Rose Cipollone, due to lung cancer. Mr. Cipollone claims that the tobacco companies had failed to inform his wife of the risks that came with smoking. The jury agreed that the tobacco companies had failed to warn smokers of the dangers prior to 1966. “The jury also found that Mrs. Cipollone had voluntarily and unreasonably encountered a known danger by smoking cigarettes and that this conduct by Mrs. Cipollone proximately caused her lung cancer and death” ("CIPOLLONE v. LIGGETT GROUP, INC”). It was decided to appoint 80% of the blame to Mrs. Cipollone and 20% to the tobacco companies for the failure to warn consumers about the risks of smoking ("CIPOLLONE v. LIGGETT GROUP, INC”). The issue concerning tobacco companies and whether or not these companies should be held responsible for smoking-related illness and deaths has been highly controversial throughout history. Tobacco companies do warn their consumers concerning the negative effects resulting from tobacco consumption, so buyers know what they are risking when they begin consuming tobacco. Despite these companies’ warnings towards the consumers of the dangers, these companies are highly aware of the extreme addiction that comes with the use of their product, making it extremely hard for the consumers to stop using tobacco.
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