Volume 93, Issue 16

Friday, September 24, 1999


Western to be no-show at rally

Western researchers going virtual

Stadium receives backing

Student federation's national campaign targets accessibility

Cannabis user to appear in court


Quirks and Smirks

Caught on campus

Buzz Mecca

Quirks and Smirks

Recent lawsuits against major tobacco companies in the United States, have raised the question of who should pay the billions of dollars in health care costs as a result of smoking. So, we sent out a Gazette reporter to find out which side was responsible for the damages – the smoker, or the tobacco companies. Here are some of the answers you came up with.

"I personally think [tobacco companies] should pay. For years they've been saying cigarettes aren't addictive, yet all the companies continue to sell cigarettes without thinking they're responsible."

–Tammy Hopkins, honours microbiology IV

"If we blame tobacco companies–that's just deferring the problem. It's just a question of exercising responsibility."

–Connie Chiu, science III

"I'm not a smoker, but it's [a smoker's] own business. People have the choice whether or not to buy cigarettes."

–Chris Capbert, social sciences II

"I don't think [tobacco companies] are liable. If the government has a problem with cigarettes, they should ban them. It's hypocritical of them to sue."

–Huwaida Pervez, political science and women's studies IV

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