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Shouldn't people be responsible for their own actions?

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 02 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1415
  1. John I Levitt (, internist
  1. Park Nicollet Clinic, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA

    EDITOR—I was disappointed in the BMJ issue on smoking (5 August 2000).1 Authors have taken the American position of blaming everyone but the smokers themselves for the problems created by their smoking habit. I had thought that the British were sensible enough to reject our distorted sense of justice that awards billions of dollars in personal injury fees and enriches plaintiff lawyers by millions for contending that some poor innocent victim has been damaged by a defective …

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