Monday's MarketFoolery podcast was a special "mailbag session" devoted entirely to answering listener-submitted questions. In this segment, host Chris Hill, along with analysts Jason Moser and Joe Magyer, respond to an email about investing in "socially responsible stocks."

The guys discuss how the definition of "socially responsible" is a highly personal one, touching on companies such as Chipotle (NYS: CMG) , Smith & Wesson (NAS: SWHC) , Altria Group (NYS: MO) , and Philip Morris (NYS: PM) in an attempt to look at both sides of the coin. They also pinpoint the key factor in selecting socially responsible stocks for oneself. Watch the video above for the full discussion on this important topic.

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