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Imperial Tobacco plans to deny link between smoking and lung cancer

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 16 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:888
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Imperial Tobacco, one of Britain's biggest cigarette manufacturers, is planning to deny a proved link between smoking and lung cancer in the Scottish Court of Session, where it is fighting a damages claim from a former smoker. It is the first such case in the United Kingdom to reach the stage of a full hearing.

    Margaret McTear, the widow of Alfred McTear, who died of lung cancer aged 48 in 1993, is suing Imperial Tobacco for £500 000 ($830 000; €710 000). Mr McTear lodged the claim shortly before his death.

    The court heard the transcript of an interview that Mr McTear gave to his lawyer a week …

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