Tobacco Companies Tell Historic Trial: Smokers Have Only Themselves to Blame

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Tobacco Companies Tell Historic Trial: Smokers Have Only Themselves to Blame

Post by eva on Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:56 am

Tobacco Companies Tell Historic Trial: Smokers Have Only Themselves to Blame

MONTREAL - Tobacco companies embroiled in a historic civil suit kicked off the trial Monday by arguing that smokers who get sick or can't kick the habit have nobody to blame but themselves.

The landmark class-action case, with up to $27 billion at stake, kicked off in a Montreal courtroom where Canada's three biggest cigarette companies began their battle against a group representing all of Quebec's 1.8 million smokers.

It is considered the biggest class-action case in Canadian history. It is also the first time tobacco companies have gone to trial in a civil suit in Canada.

Two lawsuits are being heard together and they involve separate groups of Quebec plaintiffs — some who have gotten seriously ill from smoking, and others who say they can't quit.

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