Imperial Tobacco plans to deny link between smoking and lung cancerBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7420.888-d (Published 16 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:888
- Owen Dyer
Imperial Tobacco, one of Britain's biggest cigarette manufacturers, is planning to deny a proved link between smoking and lung cancer in the Scottish Court of Session, where it is fighting a damages claim from a former smoker. It is the first such case in the United Kingdom to reach the stage of a full hearing.
Margaret McTear, the widow of Alfred McTear, who died of lung cancer aged 48 in 1993, is suing Imperial Tobacco for £500 000 ($830 000; €710 000). Mr McTear lodged the claim shortly before his death.
The court heard the transcript of an interview that Mr McTear gave to his lawyer a week …