Oregon jury hits Philip Morris with $150m damages for low tar cigarettes

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:808
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    After deliberating for four days, a jury in Portland, Oregon, has ordered Philip Morris to pay more than $150m (£105m; €172m) to the family of Michelle Schwarz, a nurse who died of lung cancer in 1999, aged 53.

    The award was made up of $118514.22 in actual damages, mostly medical costs; $50000 for pain and suffering; and $150m in punitive damages.

    Ms Schwarz, who had tried several times to stop since she took up smoking in the 1960s, switched from Benson and Hedges to Merit—a Philip Morris brand marketed as …

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