I think with the tepid response to beverage companies climbing into the dope scene they tend to be associated on an informed basis ie we know the risks & we're being adult about it. However for a cigarette company it's different cigarettes do kill you it's a legal requirement that must be printed on the packaging....bit of an uneven playing field in some respects...smoking while driving is not a criminal offence however drink driving gets loads of attention yet still loads of people do it. So I'm of the view big cigarette co's surely must have discussed it at board level & hey it'll only take one of the big guys to buyout a "respectable" dope co. then the gates are open should the response be similar.
But yeah fully agree it would be diversification/growth industry & with their huge capital & already huge tax contributions in the jurisdictions where they operate could be a game changer.
Sorry to hear of your friend Snippet.