Province of New Brunswick Commences Legal Action

    Trading: TSX: ROC

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - Rothmans Inc. confirmed today that Rothmans
Inc. and its 60% owned subsidiary Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. ("RBH") are
named as defendants, along with Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited, JTI-Macdonald
Corp. and a number of international tobacco product manufacturers, in a
lawsuit filed by the Province of New Brunswick in the Court of Queen's Bench
of New Brunswick. The lawsuit is based upon grounds which include alleged
misrepresentations made by the defendants in respect of the hazards of tobacco
products and seeks to recover unspecified damages for costs that are alleged
by the Government of New Brunswick to have been incurred in providing health
care benefits to New Brunswick residents who have allegedly suffered
smoking-related illnesses.
    As previously disclosed by the Company, the legal action by the Province
was not unexpected. The legal action has been brought pursuant to the Tobacco
Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act (New Brunswick) which was recently
proclaimed in force. The lawsuit is similar to an action brought in 2001 in
the Province of British Columbia which the defendants are vigorously
contesting. The Company and RBH will be vigorously defending this New
Brunswick action.
    Additional information concerning legal matters and risks and
uncertainties affecting the Company and RBH are contained in the Company's
filings with securities regulatory authorities including the Company's 2007
Annual Report and 2007 Annual Information Form (in particular under the
headings "Legal Proceedings" and "Risks Factors") which can be accessed at or on the Company's website at

For further information:

For further information: Robert J. Carew, Executive Vice President,
(416) 449-5525

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