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Tobacco industry to pay damages to smoker and insurance firm

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 16 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1445
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The tobacco industry was hit by two legal judgments in the United States last week. It was ordered to pay $3bn (£2.1bn) in punitive damages to a smoker who had developed brain and lung cancer and $30m to an insurance company who claimed damages for having to care for sick smokers.

    In one of the largest individual damage awards ever made against the tobacco industry, a Los Angeles jury ordered Philip Morris to pay 56 year old Richard Boeken $3bn in punitive damages and about $6m in compensatory damage. Mr …

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