BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:550

Tobacco firms in US face addiction claims: A judge in Louisiana has ruled that collective action can be brought against tobacco companies by Americans who have smoked during the past 50 years and have become addicted to nicotine. A consortium of 60 law firms is preparing to take on the main companies on behalf of all smokers before one jury. There are an estimated 90 million smokers in the …

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