Florida wins huge award from tobacco firms

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 06 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:563
  1. Fred B Charatan
  1. Florida

    The tobacco industry has agreed to pay the state of Florida $11.3bn (£7.1bn) to settle the legal battle over liability for smoking related illnesses.

    After signing the agreement in Palm Beach, Governor Lawton Chiles said: “Our long and difficult four year journey down Tobacco Road has come to a victorious end. The tobacco industry has conceded defeat. We have a settlement of historic proportions.”

    The money, to be paid …

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