Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ontario Suing Tobacco Companies

The Province of Ontario has filed a $50 billion dollar suit against tobacco companies, reports the Toronto Star.

The suit was filed to recover the costs associated with treating smoke-related illnesses going back as far as 1955. If Ontario successfully proves its allegations, tobacco companies will have to pay damages based on their sale of cigarettes in the marketplace.

According to The Star, British Columbia is also suing tobacco companies.

The Ontario government released a statement reminding residents, “Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the province, killing 13,000 people a year - or 36 per day - and costs taxpayers $1.6 billion annually.”

- Rachel Spence, Legal Assistant, Toronto

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