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Florida jury finds tobacco companies guilty of fraud

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7203.143 (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:143
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    A six member jury in Miami has found that the seven largest American tobacco companies were guilty of fraud, misrepresentation, and conspiracy to conceal the addictiveness and dangers of cigarette smoking.

    The jury also found that smoking cigarettes caused 19 diseases, including coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancers of the lung, oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, stomach, bladder, kidney, and cervix.

    The jury, comprising three smokers and three non-smokers, held the tobacco companies liable for compensatory and punitive damages …

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