Australian bar worker wins payout in passive smoking case

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 12 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1139
  1. Simon Chapman
  1. Sydney

    A four person jury in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, has awarded a former non-smoking bar worker, 62 year old Marlene Sharp, damages of $A466000 (£169000; $242000) for a claim that her throat cancer was caused by exposure to passive smoking—after her lawyers detailed links between one of the key medical witnesses and the tobacco industry.

    Mrs Sharp worked in a club bar for 11 years in the industrial town of Port Kembla, south of Sydney, and took her former employer to …

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