Ostrich Defense

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

The Ostrich Defense was the position taken by the tobacco companies that they were not going to do any further research that could endanger the position of the company with regard to the issues of disease causation or addiction. So named because of the tendency of ostriches to put their heads in the sand in the event of danger. Used in the case of Schwartz v. Philip Morris in Multnomah, Oregon in 2002.[1]