I put part of this on the main page this morning as well. You are correct in that they knew of the dangers and hid the facts, i.e. they said the low tar and nicotine brands were safer, when they actually were not. Even filter cigarettes are not not safer. Nicotine is not addictive bla bla bla. They made them even more dangerous as they added ammonia to the mix as it helped to deliver the nicotine in cigarettes in a more efficient manner to our lungs.
One thing that is very interesting, and shows just one example of how the FDA is not an effective entity for the American taxpayer, is that these tobacco products may be the only product ingested by human beings that is not required to disclose any ingredients to their product as an ingredient list on the package, let alone in the order of content. Sweet deal. Leave no lobbyist behind must be their motto.
But the logic I read that rang true to me was that the tobacco industry was sued successfully as they were harming people with their product even while it was being used as it was designed or intended. People were getting sick and dying, yet they were not "abusing" the product. The problem was with this product, is there really is no safe way to use it. I found this quite profound. I had even asked once why cigarettes are not allowed to be advertised on television, but beer was. In fact, I discovered that even hard liquor can be advertised on television, but no one in that arena seems to find it a good idea. I think this is also quite odd.
P2P software on the other hand, has a legal and useful purpose. If it weren't for the entertainment moguls and the copyright issues Bram Cohen and his program BitTorrent would be looked upon as a revelation rather than a scourge. Only those that "abuse" the product are causing it to fall under the legal light. Please understand, I am not judging anyone who does so, I am just making an observation. Frankly, I look at these lossy products that are being downloaded as having no impact on the retail market. Many studies will attest to this as a fact for both movies and music. I think they are two different things. One is marketable, the retail version. The lossy versions should be free or next to nothing. IMHO.
But, that isn't the way it is right now, so we hope everyone will use this forum to help to keep each other abreast of the true situation. At least to let us have a place to discuss these important matters and share information that they discover, that may help to keep us out of harms way.