I trade stocks and invest from time to time and I also research the companies that are being traded. Just because a company has a high profit margin does not necessarily mean that I want to invest in their company. As a rule, I invest in companies that I want to support and in that decision I do not support tobacco stocks because I don't believe in their product.
I think most people, myself included, have gotten out of tobacco in recent years. Everyone knows that this is a dying business, between declining smoking rates, tax hikes, and now lawsuits this should not be a string hold in any one's portfolio. Some stores like CVS have even vowed to stop selling all tabacco products in the future.
The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco ruling will not affect how I invest. I do not see how the judgement will affect me in any of my current investments, and I don't plan on worrying about it in the future. For the most part I go off suggestions from my financial adviser.
This will not affect how I invest at all. My money is safely invested elsewhere and will probably stay there for quite some time. I assume many people will be ruffled by the ruling in his case, due to the large corporate and consumer involvement with this case and investments,