An addiction is defined as an obsession, compulsion, or excessive physical dependence or psychological dependence, such as: drug addiction, video games, crime, alcoholism, compulsive overeating, problem gambling, computer addiction, pornography, etc.
In most cases, we accept responsibility for our own actions regarding our addictions. We seek help to overcome them, or prefer instead to accept whatever consequences are a result of their addiction. Only one addiction leaves us – or more specifically our families – unable to cope with the reality of our actions. Only one addiction finds people instant millionaires after winning a trial.
It never ceases to amaze me how people are able to win court cases against tobacco companies citing their responsibility lies in manufacturing addictive products. Give me a break. Alcohol was responsible for the death of both my maternal grandparents, yet it never crossed my family’s mind to sue the likes of Anheuser-Busch or Samuel Adams or anyone else for producing an addicting product. Gambling addicts don’t sue casino corporations. Drug addicts don’t sue the manufacturers of their killing pursuits. So why, then, do families of smokers feel justified in seeking millions for an addiction? And more importantly, why do juries award them those millions time after time?
Most of the time I think it’s tort lawyers – the true scum of the earth – who seek out these families in the hour of their grief and plant the necessary seeds in the minds of these emotionally vulnerable people. I once read John Grisham’s book King of Torts and it made me sick to know that there are lawyers out there like this.