David Burton smoked Camel cigarettes for 43 years and in
David Burton smoked Camel cigarettes for 43 years, and, in 1993, he developed serious circulatory problems in his legs. His doctor informed him that smoking was causing his circulatory problems. Two other doctors confirmed his doctor's diagnosis and recommended vascular bypass surgery, which Burton underwent unsuccessfully. After the operation, Burton had both of his legs amputated below the knee. Burton brought suit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, alleging that the company negligently failed to warn him of the health hazards caused by smoking. R.J. Reynolds argued that it did not have a duty to warn Burton of the hazards that smoking posed to his health. What do you think? Should R.J. Reynolds be found negligent? Why?
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