Philip Morris, RJR Win Round In Fla. Smoker Suits

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Miami Jury has found for Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds in another of the thousands of lawsuits brought by Florida smokers.

It marked Philip Morris’s 9th win in its last 13 Florida verdicts.

Jurors decided Thursday that longtime smoker Annie Ingraham was not addicted to cigarettes. Her daughter sued after she died of emphysema.

Tobacco companies contend they should not be held liable for smoking-related diseases because people are aware of the risks. Smokers’ lawsuits contend the companies sold dangerous products and hid risks for years.

Smoker lawsuits are being tried across Florida following a 2006 decision by the state Supreme Court tossing out a $145 billion class action verdict. The court ordered each lawsuit tried individually.

Juries have awarded Florida smokers more than $360 million in damages.

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  • Melinda Ferrell

    I agree that people have known for over 50 years that smoking is not good for you and could possibly be the cause of your death. But to sue over an addiction, the drug companies need to be brought to task for their drugs that are highly addictive and ruin lives, alcohol is addictive, come on people every thing we do has a potential to become an addiction, shopping, sex, smoking, medications, alcohol. Where are all the law suits for these. We as adults need to be held accountable for our choices. Have you ever heard of a shooting occurring because the person had a cigarette in their mouth? No, but you have because someone was drinking or high on pills, or because the were having sex with someone they shouldn’t. Think about it!

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