March 20, 1997

On This Date in in 1997 Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company became the first tobacco company to admit that cigarettes are addictive. The executives for Phillip Morris said that the people working for Liggett and Myers were obviously on drugs and nothing they said could be trusted. When Altadis USA, the largest cigar maker in the world, was asked if cigars were addictive, the company answered, “Oh, hell yes. But with something as good and sexy as a Romeo y Julieta, it had damn well better be.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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