Quebec Court of Appeal’s ruling orders three tobacco companies to pay 17 billion dollars to smokers harmed by cigarettes
Montréal’s regional public health department is highlighting the significance or the Court of Appeal’s ruling, which upholds an earlier ruling of the Superior Court of Québec. Released on March 1, this is a historic judgment against three giants of the tobacco industry: Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald. The companies must pay $17 billion to the 100,000 victims in Québec who participated in the class-action lawsuit and who were diagnosed with lung or throat cancer, or emphysema.
First filed in 1998, the lawsuit has been before the courts for over 20 years.
“It’s a great day for the victims and for public health, and a defeat for the tobacco industry,” said Mario Bujold, strategic adviser for the Québec Council on Tobacco and Health, in a report aired on Radio-Canada.
In the media
- Radio-Canada - Trois cigarettières doivent payer plus de 15 milliards à 100 000 Québécois
- L’actualité - Actions collectives: la Cour d’appel confirme la condamnation des cigarettiers
- La Presse+ - Le virage à 180 degrés des géants du tabac
- CBC News - Quebec's top court rejects appeal of landmark $15B tobacco ruling (en anglais)
- CTV News - Reportage de Genevieve Beauchemin (en anglais)
In the media
- Tips and prevention: Tobacco – Quit smoking