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US government to sue tobacco companies

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7214.869 (Published 02 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:869
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The United States Justice Department has filed a massive civil lawsuit against the country's major tobacco companies, seeking to recover billions of dollars in long term costs related to treating ill smokers covered by the government health programmes.

    The lawsuit alleges that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer and other diseases that have resulted in an estimated $25bn (£15.6bn) in annual health claims paid by the …

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