Canada: Three tobacco companies fined $12bn for failing to warn smokers
June 2 , 2015
Three tobacco firms in Canada have been ordered by a court to pay $12 billion in damages, the largest such fine in Canada’s history in class action lawsuits.
The plaintiffs were smokers from Quebec who said that the companies failed to warn them about smoking-related health risks.
The firms Rothmans Benson & Hedges, Imperial Tobacco and JTI-MacDonald will appeal against the verdict. They argued that people in Canada have a “high awareness” of cigarettes' health risks.