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One Million Smokers To Get N243b Compensation

Posted: Jun 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

For failing to adequately warn consumers about the health risks associated with smoking tobacco companies in Canada would have to pay smokers a whooping £ 8billion (243 billion naira) in damages.

This was awarded by a Canadian judge rules in favour of smokers in Quebec in what is being reported as the biggest class action lawsuit in Canadian history.

Most of the compensation, consequent upon the lawsuit against the companies, will be given to about 100,000 current and former smokers, who alleged that three of the world’s biggest brands did not adequately warn the public that cigarettes could cause cancer and other illnesses, even though the industry was aware of the dangers in the 1950s.

About £69m (N21 billion) is to be split between 900,000 people who became addicted to tobacco, and could not stop smoking.

Although JTI-Macdonald, Imperial Tobacco and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges have announced they intend to appeal the ruling, the court has ordered them to deposit £517m (N156 billion) within 60 days.

The lawsuit began in 1998, but the court only began sitting in 2012 after tens of thousands of documents were reviewed.

An anti-smoking lobby group representing the one million plaintiffs said: “It’s a great day for victims of tobacco who have been waiting for this moment for 17 years.”