Former Winston pitchman Alan Landers ...

Former Winston pitchman Alan Landers now a crusader against Big...

There are 71 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Feb 15, 2009, titled Former Winston pitchman Alan Landers now a crusader against Big.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Count Alan Landers among as many as 9,000 people in Florida with legal cases involving tobacco companies.

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Smokin

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Feb 15, 2009
I don't understand how this is going to fall out - I don't believe the smokers or their survivors should get anything other than a minimal $100 compensation. I smoked up until 2 years ago - I am pissed that I ever started - I am mad that I didn't quit sooner, but those were my decisions. Everything can be seen as an addiction. I am fat, is it because I am addicted to something they put in food? No, it's because I don't exercise enough and I eat too much of the bad stuff. I like the bad stuff - so am I addicted? I would start smoking again in a heartbeat if I didn't believe it would make my life worse. I enjoyed smoking... I miss it. Am I suing anyone because I made bad decisions? These people send me over the edge - they need to put their grown up panties on and deal with the results of their decisions. Or will everything always be the fault of someone else?
James

Germany

#2 Feb 15, 2009
He made money off these companies, now he wants to take them to court.

“Another Lawyer”

Since: Feb 07

Weston FL

#3 Feb 15, 2009
A guy whose job it was to convince people that "Winston Tastes Good Like a Cigarette Should" is hardly my idea of a sympathetic tobacco plaintiff. Coupled with an armed robbery in his past, it seems apparent to me that the guy made a series of bad decisions.

Finally there was no "Winston Man". There was a "Marlboro Man", a rugged cowboy who wasn't going to let pointy-headed scientists ruin the joy of a smoke out on the trail after the doggies retire in the evening. Two of those Marlboro Men, Wayne McLaren and David McLean in fact became crusaders against tobacco prior to their deaths from lung cancer and at least one of them sued Philip Morris.

The question the Winston Man ought to ask himself is how many people did he help lead to an early grave by portraying smoking as a sophisticated "lifestyle choice".

I am sorry he is sick, but I have trouble seeing him as a victim.
Hussian

Vero Beach, FL

#4 Feb 15, 2009
OBAMA IS THE END

save us Zombie Regan!

RISE FROM THE RUINS!
Dolfan for Life

Orlando, FL

#5 Feb 15, 2009
i quit 3 years ago,(and drinking BOTH at the SAME TIME!!)Absolutely the best move i ever made. Deadly disgusting addiction. I was at the Disturbed concert at Pompano Beach last nite and the smoke was horrible, also from the MORONS smoking weed, you losers. great show, otherwise.
Boone

Blountstown, FL

#6 Feb 15, 2009
I was feeling sorry for the guy, until I got to the part about the cocaine and armed robbery.
david

Stuart, FL

#7 Feb 16, 2009
I hope the tabaco companies win. You have to be an idiot to smoke and not think it's going to kill you one day.
Billy Bob

United States

#8 Feb 16, 2009
Warning about the dangers of cigarette smoking
have been out for years and years and years plus
warnings have been on packs of cigarettes for
years.
People smoked now they want to sue the tobacco
companies.
They don't have a leg to stand on.
Far and away enough information and warnings
were there,
I love the horrific comments by the reformed. LOL
DAS

Miami, FL

#10 Feb 16, 2009
How about the BUDWIESR MAN ??????? He lived to be 200 and nevr harmed anyone in his life Right ?????
DAS

Miami, FL

#11 Feb 16, 2009
Billy Bob wrote:
Warning about the dangers of cigarette smoking
have been out for years and years and years plus
warnings have been on packs of cigarettes for
years.
People smoked now they want to sue the tobacco
companies.
They don't have a leg to stand on.
Far and away enough information and warnings
were there,
I love the horrific comments by the reformed. LOL
You are so right,Now How about ALCOHOL ? It says MAY HARM YOU...It SHould read Can,Will Harm you and Most Important Kill Other People WHen Driving
DAS

Miami, FL

#12 Feb 16, 2009
Dolfan for Life wrote:
i quit 3 years ago,(and drinking BOTH at the SAME TIME!!)Absolutely the best move i ever made. Deadly disgusting addiction. I was at the Disturbed concert at Pompano Beach last nite and the smoke was horrible, also from the MORONS smoking weed, you losers. great show, otherwise.
Yes,Drinking is Worse,WHy ? Because it does Harm others,Passive Smoke does Not ....Good Point,Both SMoking and drinking are Poison for US,Oh and So is ASPARTAME which is in 99% Of Candy,Gum and so on,That Our Kids UseAnd it aslo in DIET SOda,and Loaded in those SPEED DRINKS and most FLAVORED WATER,But Thats OK right...hm
DAS

Miami, FL

#13 Feb 16, 2009
Smokin wrote:
I don't understand how this is going to fall out - I don't believe the smokers or their survivors should get anything other than a minimal $100 compensation. I smoked up until 2 years ago - I am **** that I ever started - I am mad that I didn't quit sooner, but those were my decisions. Everything can be seen as an addiction. I am fat, is it because I am addicted to something they put in food? No, it's because I don't exercise enough and I eat too much of the bad stuff. I like the bad stuff - so am I addicted? I would start smoking again in a heartbeat if I didn't believe it would make my life worse. I enjoyed smoking... I miss it. Am I suing anyone because I made bad decisions? These people send me over the edge - they need to put their grown up panties on and deal with the results of their decisions. Or will everything always be the fault of someone else?
Very Good Point .......Another Thing,WHy is it ALcohol is never brought to Court ?????????? It REALLY KILLS
Burt Reynolds

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Feb 16, 2009
James wrote:
He made money off these companies, now he wants to take them to court.
its a great strategy, he makes money twice, whats the problem with that..its kind of like buying stock, selling at a profit then do it all over again if the stock price drops
Redneck

Richmond, KY

#15 Feb 16, 2009
Is Landers a victim or a guy that made bad decisions?
east las olas blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#16 Feb 16, 2009
Oh sure bite the hand that feed you
east las olas blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#17 Feb 16, 2009
DAS wrote:
<quoted text>Very Good Point .......Another Thing,WHy is it ALcohol is never brought to Court ?????????? It REALLY KILLS
Because alcohol compaines never tried to fool people into thinking it wasn't bad for you.
Alcohol compaines always said, "hey this stuff is bad for you don't use it", people still bought it.
Tabaco compaines went a different route from the booze compaines when they realzied it was was bad they tried to hide the facts.
They should have just did what the hooch people did and say, "look this stuff is not good for you", "enjoy in moderation" doesn't matter people would still buy it.
JAK

Pompano Beach, FL

#18 Feb 16, 2009
Is he also suing Colombian Drug Lords for making cocaine addictive without warning him?

“Another Lawyer”

Since: Feb 07

Weston FL

#19 Feb 16, 2009
Redneck wrote:
Is Landers a victim or a guy that made bad decisions?
When you pick up a gun and use it by threat of lethal force to take something from someone that doesn't belong to you, it is all about you. Likewise when you take a lot of money to look healthy and happy while you inhale cigarettes even though you know the things are going to kill some of the people who try to look like the healthy happy guy you portray, it's all about you as well.

Maybe this guy has had an awakening, but I still hear echoes of "it's all about me" in everything he says.

Thirty four years in the courtroom have taught me that once the jury gets over the irony of a former pitchman suing Big Tobacco they are going to take a hard look at his choices. He may win something simply because Big Tobacco is not particularly sympathetic either. However he will not die a rich man. Juries don't give lots of money to narcissists.
JAK

Pompano Beach, FL

#20 Feb 16, 2009
DAS wrote:
<quoted text>Very Good Point .......Another Thing,WHy is it ALcohol is never brought to Court ?????????? It REALLY KILLS
Because cigarette companies for years denied that they were bad for you. Beer and booze companies have never promoted drinking as healthy. In fact, their ads tell you NOT to drink.
Lizard

Orlando, FL

#21 Feb 16, 2009
I guess when the money ran out, this guy got mad at the banker.

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