Tobacco Negotiations Concerns
In 1997, within a few days after the tobacco companies offered
their $300 billion settlement, I realized what a brilliant move it was
for them. I am surprised that no one else has seemed to refer to this
aspect in dozens of newspaper articles and TV segments about it.
I'm somewhat disappointed.
It represents an absolute guarantee that the government will not
pass any law in the next 25 years to hurt their business! And it even
assures them of being allowed to prosper during that time, because
implicit in the ability to PAY such payments is the consistent
profitability to be able to do it!
As soon as the government accepts such an offer, and passes such
laws to waive the culpability of the tobacco companies in all past
and future lawsuits, our government will unintentionally become a
co-conspirator with them. In order to enable them to pay off the
$300 billion (about 17 billion per year, depending on interest rates,
if interest is applied), the government will HAVE TO arrange laws to
make sure the tobacco companies prosper!
A news talk show guest, Cliff Douglas, made the comment during the
Nightline show of 5/28/97, that the "industry is digging its own
grave" by suggesting the settlement. Many people seem to believe that.
They don't consider the situation described above. In fact, if the
tobacco companies ever ran into financial difficulties during the next
25 years, our government would feel itself responsible to help them out!
All to make sure they could pay their agreed settlement. The various
agencies that will receive funds from this source will quickly become
dependent on those funds. Any threat to the continuation of those funds
will be unwelcome.
The other subjects described in media articles ARE valid. It's just
that this particular one is extremely important in the long run.
The consequences require that the settlement offer be refused!
First Developed, 1997,
First Published on the Web: Feb 6, 1998
Other Health-Related Web-Pages in this Domain
Do you want to lose some weight RIGHT NOW?
Bodyfat, Weight Loss, the Physics of Body Weight Control
How Did You Gain Weight?
Bodyfat - Accurate and Easy Determination
Bodyfat - Combating Childhood Obesity Through Motivation
Bodyfat - Simple and Accurate Measurement - PSA Storyline
Bodyfat Percentage - Determining Accurate Bodyfat Easily
Dieting for Weight Loss - The Physics
Medical Anesthesia Can be Much Safer
Pure Water Supply for Third World Villages
Pure Desalinated Seawater for Third World Villages
Safe Drinking Water for a Third World Village
Calf Muscle Strength Development
Common Cold, Value, Importance, Cure
Muscle Cramp Warning?
World Hunger - A Unique New Solution
Horses Sleep in Two Completely Different Ways
Human Being - Thermal Efficiency - the Physics Scientific Analysis
Lumbar Lower-Back Support Device
Burger Promotion For Charity - Taste Buds in the Mouth
Diet Food, Lower-Calorie Aerated Foods
Diet Method, Intermittent Eating Diet
Dieting Method - Maybe an Odd Approach
Dieting - A Physicist's Weight Loss System A Sleeping Weight Loss System!
Sports Situations - Physics Analysis
Brain Research From Sleeping Dolphins
Human Brain Functionality Our Brains and Artificial Intelligence
Bodyfat Analysis - 20-Compartment Percentage Formula
Improving Bad Heartburn, GERD, Reflux
Tobacco Negotiations Concerns The Tobacco, Cigarette Industry (1995)
Tobacco Negotiations - Update (2001)
Blue Streak Optical Phenomenon A Strange Visual Sensation
ESP, Extra-Sensory Perception. A Possible Mechanism
Exhilaration, Happiness, Vacations, Thrill Seekers
Déjà vu and other Unusual Phenomena - Deja vu
Conflict Resolution - A Unique New Approach
Learning Right And Wrong
GMO - Genetically Modifying Foods - The Physics, the Safety
Life Choices - Practical Discussion for Teens
Bodyfat - Modifying your Breathing (Respiration) May Reduce Your Bodyfat
IQ Test - Possibly a More Accurate Approach
A Partial Explanation of the Obesity Epidemic
This page - -
- - is at
This subject presentation was last updated on - -
Link to the Public Services Home Page
Link to the Public Services Main Menu
C Johnson, Theoretical Physicist, Physics Degree from Univ of Chicago