The equivalent of £8,000,000,000 is to be paid by Imperial Tobacco Canada, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald as a reward for damages to Quebec smokers.
BBC: Tobacco firms to pay billions in damages in Canada
I can’t believe the plaintiffs were really unaware of the dangers of smoking. In my opinion, they should probably be more appropriately tried for fraud instead. The judge’s rhetorical question is interesting too: “If the companies are allowed to walk away unscathed now, what would be the message to other industries that today or tomorrow find themselves in a similar moral conflict?” Did he refer to enterprises dealing in alcohol, sweets and so on? In that case let us all indulge irresponsibly in whatever we like, then if and when we have related health problems, let’s put the blame on somebody else and make money out of it . . .