Diana Lewis, in her Voices comment (4/6), expresses her belief (and mine) that the claims against tobacco companies are ridiculous.
When I was a little boy (I’m 77 now), the men who gathered around the wood stove in my father’s general store talking and smoking and coughing told me, “Son, don’t ever start smoking! It’ll stunt your growth and cut your wind and you’ll cough your lungs up.” That was a time when kids listened to their elders, and I never took up smoking.
So don’t tell me you never heard that smoking is bad for you. With all the information, both anecdotal and scientific, that’s been available for many years, habitual tobacco use is a choice and shouldn’t’ be rewarded by litigation.