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John Player and Sons. Free cigs being sued.

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In the early 70's I worked at Players for about 18 months. I caught on the news today, the tail end of a piece that someone or a group of people are suing players for the health implications of the free cigs that employees got given as a perk. I think I got 200 a week. Anyone else here worked at Players?

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Left school in 1965, started as an electrical apprentice at Players.  Thought if I started puffing away I might not be able to stop so sold my allowance (Perfectos) to a relative.  As I was there until around 1979, made a few bob without any damage to my lungs!

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My grandad worked at Players almost his entire working life (approximately 1930 - 1970).

 

He used to get free cigarettes all the time...but he didn't smoke. He always gave them to my dad - who did smoke - but my dad never liked Players cigarettes for some reason, so he gave them to someone else.

 

Who would do the suing in that case ?  :wacko:

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I think the someone else would sue your dad who would sue his dad who could sue Players. I guess you might need a good medium as in spiritualist though.

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This scenario is akin to a road accident victims relations, attempting to sue Henry Ford.

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Definitely mentioned Players on the news I saw. I wasn't paying attention but when they mentioned Players I looked up. I'm actually quite impressed with Players as I worked there for 18 months 1973-4 and they recently traced me via an agency to my current address as apparently I'm due some pension contributions back. I started browsing new cars until they told me it will be about £98.00. It's the thought that counts but the cash would be better.

 

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I had a holiday job at Players during my university years. I didn't want to work there but in those days you could sign on the dole in the summer vacation and my parents encouraged me to do so - but of course they always found you a grotty job which you were then obliged to accept! I remember being given cigarettes in leiu of part of my wages. I didn't smoke but there was no option to opt out. I think my dad sold them to someone he knew who was a smoker.

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'Er indoors worked in Players labs for a few years, about 4/5 ,can't remember for sure. She used to get a cigarette allowance and asked if she could save them up prior to our wedding and it was agreed. I used to smoke at the time so I usually got a handful till she started saving them.

She tried smoking but never took to it. At our wedding reception, each table had a large tin of ciggies in the middle to go with mints and coffee. 

At the close of the reception there wasn't a fag to be found. Some must have found their way out in guests pockets. It never occurred to us to flog 'em. Think she packed in about 1966/7, when she was carrying our first nipper. Beekay.  smokingkills

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