Lawyers are pitching state attorneys general in 16 states with a radical idea: make the food industry pay for soaring obesity-related health care costs.
It’s a move straight from the playbook of the Big Tobacco takedown of the 1990s, which ended in a $246 billion settlement with 46 states, a ban on cigarette marketing to young people and the Food and Drug Administration stepping in to regulate.
If the same thing happens to the food industry as what happened to the tobacco industry in the 1990‘s consumers are in trouble.
The Tobacco industry didn’t pay those huge settlements (fines) to the states out of their profits. Instead they raised the selling price of their product.
In the 1980‘s, before the Tobacco industry was forced to pay huge amounts to states, cigarettes cost about $1 per pack. Now the cost of cigarettes is somewhere between $5 and $7 per pack.
Most smokers paid the higher price because they couldn’t break the tobacco habit.
If the plot to make the food industry pay for obesity is successful, we will be forced to pay much more for our food because we won’t be able to break our eating habit.