US flight attendants win settlement over passive smokingBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7114.967c (Published 18 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:967
- Deborah Josefson
- San Francisco
In a landmark trial on second hand smoke 60 000 flight attendants have wrested a historic settlement from five major tobacco companies.
The flight attendants had filed a class action suit charging that they had suffered smoking related illnesses from being subjected to high concentrations of environmental smoke and seeking $5bn (£8bn) in damages. The companies on trial were Philip Morris, R J Reynolds, Brown and Williamson, the Liggett Group, and the Lorillard Group. Also named in the suit were two lobbying groups funded by the …