Ontario to Sue Big Tobacco

1 Oct

$50 billion dollars people. That’s how much our province is trying to squeeze out of Big Tobacco.  Apparently smoking-related deaths are taking its toll on the health system, and the Ontario government wants reparations.

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I’m really kind of amazed that anyone would even try to do this.  Considering the fact cigarettes are heavily taxed and covered up at all connivence stores, the government of Ontario is really going out of their way this time.

I don’t know about you, but I can already see this as a massive failure and a waste of tax payers money.  If you’ve ever seen Thank You For Smoking, it’s going to go something like this: (you might want to skip ahead a few minutes)

Cigarette companies spend millions each year to make sure they can keep selling cigarettes.  Does the government of Ontario really think they have a chance in hell in getting all or any of this money?  I highly doubt it.

Now, I would love for this government to do something responsible for once, but it’s not going to start here.

4 Responses to “Ontario to Sue Big Tobacco”

  1. Alex James October 2, 2009 at 10:25 AM #

    They’re going to sue the very same people who put food on their considerable tables. This is all horseshit. The Ontario government makes a killing on cigarette sales every year — this “lawsuit” isn’t going to go anywhere. It’s all for show, to placate the Cancer Society or somebody. God, it makes me want to beat my head on the wall. You know better than this Jim — you know how stupid people are.

  2. Ryan October 2, 2009 at 1:49 PM #

    My idea: tobacco companies should fund cancer research. Like a lot. Cure for cancer = more people smoking. No?

  3. Christina October 2, 2009 at 3:14 PM #

    This is like OLG asking lottery winners for their money back.

  4. skyler hype October 2, 2009 at 4:48 PM #

    I remember reading a while back that the taxes collected from cigarette sales payed for all our cigarette related health care. Kind of an interesting piece of information. The liberals are known to do this kind of crap. they really like to stir up shit.

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