Saturday, 30 April 2011

US tobacco firms succeed Missouri hospitals case

Six key US tobacco companies have overcome a lawsuit by hospitals seeking compensation for caring for patients with smoking related sickness. Thirty seven hospitals in the state of Missouri had claimed cigarette companies delivered an unfairly hazardous item.

In the case, the hospitals claimed that tobacco companies manipulated the nicotine content in cigarettes and misrepresented the health effects of smoking. The hospitals treat many destitute, nonpaying patients. They required more than $455m reimbursement for treating uninsured smokers who had not paid for care. They said medical ethics required them to treat people in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

But a judge in St Louis discarded their claim. The judge agreed with Philip Morris USA that ordinary cigarettes are not negligently deliberated or flawed. Convincing proof was presented to the adjudicators, including indication from hospital witnesses that confirmed the hospitals were not monetarily spoiled as they stated.


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