Wouldn't other gov't's also demand safer tobacco
Someone posted an article from Bloomberg's Newsweek regarding stricter labeling standards that Australia is implementing for cigarettes. I have not verified this article, however, the thought did get my attention.
Considering the toxicity found in cigarettes, and the health care costs associated with the toxicity, doesn't it make sense for all governments beyond the US that gave a shit about it's citizens, to be demanding BT to product the safest product they possibly could? Shouldn't these governments all be interested in anything that would make tobacco products safer lessen the burden of health care costs?
Tobacco is a huge export from the US. Wouldn't it make sense for the exporters of tobacco to clean up their exports so that other countries would receive a less toxic product? Shouldn't other governments be demanding a safer, less toxic product, especially if its available? Doesn't Star offer a means to a less toxic, safer tobacco product?
Big tobacco did win non-infringement, under the defense that its product did not infringe because it's TSNA levels were not as low as those purported by the Star patents - they didn't infringe because their product didn't meet the low level of toxicity that the Star patents provide. This defense may have gotten them them out of a 2-year patent infringement case, but in the big picture, does it really make sense any longer? From a business perspective, I don't believe this defense works well long term for BT. If available, they have to produce a safer product.
I think big tobacco took its shot at invalidating the Start patents and lost. If it would have succeeded, it would have gotten the technology for free. Could be time for plan B.
It could be the world is changing and will continue to change its views on tobacco. The pressure has to be building on BT to do all it can to produce a safer tobacco. It could be time for BT to clean up it's product, on a global level. Hmmm, isn't that what Star said it was looking for in its press release back in January?
All IMO. Still hoping it gets resolved before another round of dilution.