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Defense argues young smokers have caught on to dangers of tobacco

By John Sammon | May 7, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – The defense appeared to keep to its people-knew-the-dangers strategy while plaintiff attorneys said dishonest denials from cigarette companies continued almost to this day in a lawsuit launched by a woman alleging her lungs were irreparably damaged by cigarette smoke.

Tobacco researcher says 1 in 2 heavy smokers will die at Philip Morris-R.J. Reynolds trial

By John Sammon | Apr 11, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – A tobacco industry researcher called as a plaintiff witness in a lawsuit accusing Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds of causing a woman’s lung cancer described an alleged conspiracy of cigarette-makers to deny the truth including a 1950s confidential statement from a tobacco official that read, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could produce a cancer-free cigarette?”

Trial begins in Florida tobacco smoking addiction case against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds

By John Sammon | Apr 4, 2019

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the case of a woman suing tobacco companies Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds for the nicotine-fueled addiction she alleges caused her smoking-related illnesses including lung cancer, pitting plaintiff attorneys against those for the defense who contend she would have smoked no matter what.

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