• John S December 7, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I have been diagnosed with Buerger's Disease. Thromboangiitis obliterans a rare disease in which blood vessels of the hands and feet become obstructed. The only known way to get the disease is to smoke. The only way to stop the progression is to stop smoking. Smokers with Buergers are also highly addicted to nicotine. Many will take a smoke right before their surgery for another amputation. I have lost the end of my index finger and the second toe on my right foot. I can hardly walk due to pain requiring continuous pain management. I was finally able to quit last after taking my first puff at 15 years old we back the 1970's when the doctor said he would need to amputate just below the knee. There is simply no vascular infrastructure in my arms or legs below the joint. I went from Marlboro's to Marlboro Lights when the Philip Morris said the Marlboro man could go light. On reading this I guess there is no recourse, I cant't take a $300,000 bet the Philip Morris will not have an army of lawyers to stop me getting any kind of compensation. Just to small a number of us Buerger's suffers to mount a big law suit but wow this one really belongs to the Marlboro Man.

    • doug kemp March 31, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      I have the same ,right index finger tip ,Gone…Left big toe,Gone…now its in my right middle finger under the nail..I'm in constant pain.doctors won't prescribe anything.what shall I do ?

  • Doug P January 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I also got Burgers, Lost the tops of both thumbs, and below knee amputation on left leg.I never heard og Buergers before last July now i hop everywhere
    I am going to sue
    Doug P

  • Sherri M. October 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I also have Buerger's disease and had previously never heard of it. I have it in both legs already. I have just had 3 toes amputated on L foot about 2 weeks ago and have 2 toes in R foot that are active with it and he's watching them. They have not perforated themselves with ulcers like my other foot did. This is a very painful disease and it is very serious. I will be looking in to whether or not it would be beneficial to sue them.

  • Ken B. December 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I'm about to enter my 4th year of Buerger's disease and i have to say this illness causes the most tortuous pain imaginable. How can there be no attorney's willing to take on tobacco on our behalf? what's this i hear about a statute? Hell, I'm only 47 and have had multiple fingers and toes recently amputated. Talk about crippling. This kind of suffering is unspeakable. I wonder if any tobacco giants have gone through critical limb ischemia and have had to experience ischemic pain? For G-d's sake, somebody help us. We are the truest type of tobacco victim and must live with excruciating pain for how long? We don't know because there is such limited research on this illness. Doctors do know this illness only occurrs in smokers. Hello. We don't have any money because most of us have been bankrupted by this smokers disease. We didn't know we could lose body parts because of an addiction and somehow that bit of education missed us. I guess we are just screwed.

    • Stephanie December 30, 2015 at 12:23 am

      I feel the same way I’m also 47 an I loss my left leg due to cigarette this not right

  • Vincent M. January 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I smoked for 30+ years and stopped when my doctor said if I didn't it would kill me because of the excess red blood cells likely to cause a stroke. I was getting phlebotomy 2 times a month to keep the count down until I quit. After I quit the overage stopped. I also have severe jawbone and gum deterioration from smoking and diabetes that I believe was caused by smoking. The jaw and gum deterioration was, I believe, caused by smoking and I had to have all remaining teeth removed and implants put in and complete upper and lower dentures put in. I have high blood pressure and other smoking related health issues such as mild COPD. I never knew or was warned that smoking could cause any of this, only cancer which I do not have (yet). I quit smoking 6 years ago but the health issues continue. At 51 no teeth and so many health issue I don't expect to live a very long life. Cancer I could have taken, all of this other stuff, I'm kinds of angry about. Not to mention the expense of all of the dental work and health related care I need. Still I am afraid that if I even try to sue big tobacco has the deck stacked against me. I wish I could get some solid advice on this….

  • James July 19, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Hello everyone, umm I lost my brother he die in 2012 from smoking 4pack a day ..same my dad he smoke for 50 years. Me I smoke 27 years now me I quit 6months now my dad quit 10 years ago.. Do I can sue the company bec of my brother die from smoking..

  • Stephanie December 30, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Its not right that you can’t sue the cigarette company for losing a leg cause your young well the cigarette company never said that you can lose a limb from smoking an that’s not right

  • Dan J Rees April 1, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I can’t breathe because I’m smoking cigarettes

  • Debbie April 17, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    My mother is 69 and smoked for 50 years that I know of and she has C.O.P.D, can she get something for this cause she can’t get life insurance cause of this.

  • danny April 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I also think that the real argument is that every other product like alcohol or painkillers if used in moderation or per instruction has a legitimate use and it shouldnt harm you. How do you moderate ciggaretes? The only benefit tobacco company has from you is to get you addicted to a product that has no use will make you sick and cant be moderated. They are no different to a local crack dealer.

  • loretta honeycutt July 6, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I’ve been smoking since I was 12 yrs…,.I can’t stop…why don’t tobacco company’s haveto list all ingredients in there cubs…I’m diabetic with lower vascular and copd. Lost my right leg above the knee and my left is inoperable…. Tried everything…..yeah the post on the packs now……bu 41 yrs ago they makes it look cool with no info on the packs.

  • Anthony July 24, 2016 at 1:55 am

    On Oct 25th, 2012 I lost my older brother to lung cancer, 9 months later on July 8th, 2013 I lost my mom. I still feel angry over how they passed. Mom was 74 and my brother was 51. If I were to show you there pictures you would swear I was lying about there ages. They looked younger than there age. My question is. Do I have a law suit? Mom start smoking in 1961 and my brother in 1975.

  • Barbara June 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    46 years old I could remember adds saying smoking was cool
    I remember buying them as there wasn’t a strick law to be 18years old for .55 a pack the vending machines also any one can buy a pack even .75 I have tried to quit smoking for years makes me irritable not having one all the false advertisement help is there a class action law suit lived in Florida 17 years and now in Iowa 9 years

  • wanda mccullough June 14, 2017 at 1:01 am

    I have cop from tobacco I am 74 yrs old can I suit them

  • Lee July 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Six months ago my former husband who was 64 passed away from cancer which started in his lungs and ravaged his entire body ultimately. He smoked heavily for 50 years. I tried 20 years ago to get him to quit. He insisted he couldn’t quit and that it was too late. He died an extremely painful, horrible death. Not only from cancer & pain all over his body but the withdrawals on his dying bed was torturous to watch. He suffered until he was placed in a medical coma. I could still hear the sound of the oxygen machine. He was placed in hospice on Sunday & by Tuesday he was dead. I do not quite understand this addiction but I can say these demons are very strong. If you smoke, stop thinking of how you can sue the cigarette company & focus on your health- QUIT NOW! Like Macdonald’s, & big pharma, big tobacco is a business. Who is making you do it? EXACTLY! You fill their pockets with your hard earned money then you try to take it back & get revenge, when you get angry for getting sick. Even my children are suffering as a result of second hand smoke: my two girls has asthma and my son has blackness between each one of his discs in his back- seen by MRI- this is a result of their father’s smoking. My friends, luckily Paul received Jesus in his heart before he passed. My advice to you is instead of attempting to sue by blaming the company, sincerely ask the Lord to help you and HE WILL. You’re being tortured and killed by the very thing you love and can’t live without. Think about it! You are loved and it’s time to start living yourself. Today I pray that you willingly quit smoking & that you regain health & strength in your body. May you live a blessed, long, happy, healthy & abundant life. #JUSTQUIT!

    • Rose December 19, 2017 at 9:42 am

      I smoked for over 40 years now my lungs are not working with out oxygen full time. smoking made me this way yes it did. by my own choice. thanks for your writings very good explaining the real truth, In life we have choices and well we do things to ourselves and want to blame others for our decisions. Thank you

      • Rose December 19, 2017 at 9:44 am

        i quit smoking the day My day I went into the hospital so smoke free now for 15 days now

      • Elaine March 23, 2019 at 3:03 pm

        Back when I started smoking there were no warning signs from the tobacco industry. So are the liable, hell yes nicotine is so damn addictive. I didn’t know that. Trying to quit again but for those of us who are older, there were no warnings of bad health and addiction. If there were warnings, many of us would have never started! The ads they had on tv made u look like a tough man if u smoked!
        People now have no excuse. There is so much information and warnings! We never had that!

  • easmith January 11, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I went to a fla court 1015 against 2 tobacco companys .my lawyers would be pd percentage if I won the case.I was offered 70,000 dollars and I wanted to settle but my lawyers did not.I lost the case and the tabacco companies are suing me for court far they are asking me to pay them 14,000.I don’t have 14,000.00 I dont wont to lose my home either.Why do I have to pay these costs when all decisions were the lawyers I had lung cancer in 1997 It had been growing in my lung for atleast a yr before it was discovered I also had lung disease copd. jurors ruled I had no cancer and no lung disease.all the facts were there that I did!.My case stemmed from the Engles Trust in 1996. Started smoking at 10 yrs old Im now 69 Im on o

  • carolyn hall July 31, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    what can I do to sue the tobacco company I have been smoking for 45 years that cause me to have heart disease……

  • Justin October 23, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I had a stroke when I was 11 years old and I’ve always thought it had something to do with having a mother that smoked. I have since started smoking and have had another stroke.

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