British Columbia can sue tobacco industry for healthcare costsBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7451.1279-a (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1279
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A Canadian court ruling last week has paved the way last week for the province of British Columbia to sue the tobacco industry for up to $C10bn (£4.1bn; $US7.3bn; €6.1bn) in smoking related healthcare costs.
The unanimous ruling from the British Columbia court of appeal follows a six year battle by the province to push through legislation allowing it to try to recover the costs …
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