MONTREAL, March 1, 2019 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society applauds today's historic Quebec Court of Appeal judgment holding the tobacco industry accountable for the vast harm it has inflicted.
The Quebec Court of Appeal unanimously (5-0) upheld the 2015 Quebec Supreme Court finding of liability against the tobacco industry, with the industry now liable to pay approximately $17 billion in damages.
"The tobacco industry has engaged in decades of wrongful behaviour resulting in vast suffering, disease and death," says Rob Cunningham, lawyer and Senior Policy Analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society. "It is a matter of justice that the tobacco industry be held to account for the devastation caused by its actions. The unanimous judgment represents a complete and resounding defeat for the tobacco industry."
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SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society
For further information: Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Cancer Society, 613-762-4624