US flight attendants win settlement over passive smoking

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 18 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:967
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. 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 …

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