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All provinces now have a lawsuit in the works

The Gazette June 9, 2012

MONTREAL - With a $60-billion lawsuit launched by the province of Quebec Friday against Big Tobacco companies, all Canadian provinces are now either suing or have said they plan to sue to recover health care costs for smoking. There are also class-action lawsuits brought by individual smokers. Here’s a primer on tobacco lawsuits in the rest of Canada and elsewhere:

Much of the current legal action is based on a landmark legal victory by 46 U.S. states in 1998, known as the Master Settlement Agreement. Under the settlement, seven tobacco companies agreed to change the way tobacco products are marketed and pay the states an estimated $206 billion over 25 years. The tobacco companies also agreed to finance a $1.5-billion anti-smoking campaign, release secret industry documents, and disband trade groups critics said concealed damaging research.

British Columbia was the first Canadian province to launch a lawsuit against Big Tobacco, in 1998. The suit was rejected and subsequent court decisions appealed. It took until October 2005 for a Supreme Court of Canada ruling to allow such lawsuits, often aimed at foreign-owned companies, to go ahead. The B.C. suit seeks an unspecified amount in health care costs.

In September 2009, Ontario launched a $50-billion lawsuit against 14 tobacco companies. New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have filed claims for unspecified amounts. Alberta is suing for $10 billion. Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are also expected to file lawsuits soon.

Many individuals have filed suits against tobacco companies but few have been certified. A $27-billion class-action by 1.8 million Quebec smokers is now being heard in court.

Worldwide, there are reportedly more than 800 lawsuits against tobacco companies for damages to human health.

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Why are taxes so high on cigarettes again? I don't know how to feel about this. <_<

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anything to bring them down is welcome. smoking is bad for ppl

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Apparently responsibility for your own actions doesn't apply anymore, who out there doesn't realize sticking a wad of burning leaves in your mouth and inhaling the smoke is bad for you? Provinces should sue the smokers for the cost of treating self inflicted illnesses.

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Apparently responsibility for your own actions doesn't apply anymore, who out there doesn't realize sticking a wad of burning leaves in your mouth and inhaling the smoke is bad for you? Provinces should sue the smokers for the cost of treating self inflicted illnesses.

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Apparently responsibility for your own actions doesn't apply anymore, who out there doesn't realize sticking a wad of burning leaves in your mouth and inhaling the smoke is bad for you? Provinces should sue the smokers for the cost of treating self inflicted illnesses.

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Good, bring the tobacco companies down, just hope none of these provinces lose though, as they will have to pay some hefty legal fees.

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Apparently responsibility for your own actions doesn't apply anymore, who out there doesn't realize sticking a wad of burning leaves in your mouth and inhaling the smoke is bad for you? Provinces should sue the smokers for the cost of treating self inflicted illnesses.

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And for obesity-related illnesses..........and sports-related injuries...and cases where people have incurred injuries through committing a criminal offense.......and work-related injuries where they had the choice to refuse to do a certain task and didn't.......and for injuries incurred when crossing the street and getting hit by a car because, you know, they didn't really have to cross the street, did they?

Damn, there's quite a list of things those self-inflicted-iillness/njuries people need to be sued for and take responsibility for......

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Apparently responsibility for your own actions doesn't apply anymore, who out there doesn't realize sticking a wad of burning leaves in your mouth and inhaling the smoke is bad for you? Provinces should sue the smokers for the cost of treating self inflicted illnesses.

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Why are taxes so high on cigarettes again? I don't know how to feel about this. <_<

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Maybe they should just outlaw them?

Oh right, they can make money. I forgot money was the strongest influence of all.

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if Provinces have be allowing and making taxes off of something, i dont believe they can then try and double dip afterwards. if its ok to sell and tax then you deal with the consequences after. i gave up smoking 10yrs ago, but believe people have the right to do what they want with something that is sold legally to them.

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It's already an "economic burden" to smoke. People who smoke pay significantly higher taxes to help offset the cost of their habit upon the health care system and for short/long term harm done to others. There's little justification for this when cigarette companies aren't the ones introducing harmful chemicals into the lungs of themselves and occasionally others.

Using government to be nanny for morons who stuff cancer sticks in their mouths has bad results when that mentality transfers away from cigarettes and into other aspects of one's life. It's pretty stupid and short-sighted that people aim to allow government increasing amounts of social control, but no less conveniently hilarious when these same people turn around and complain when government represses people's other freedoms.

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Silence smoker. You should be worried about kicking the habit... not how much they tax you.

I fully support making it an economic burden for people to inhale deadly chemicals directly into their lungs.

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You know there's something wrong if you ever start smoking.

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And for obesity-related illnesses..........and sports-related injuries...and cases where people have incurred injuries through committing a criminal offense.......and work-related injuries where they had the choice to refuse to do a certain task and didn't.......and for injuries incurred when crossing the street and getting hit by a car because, you know, they didn't really have to cross the street, did they?

Damn, there's quite a list of things those self-inflicted-iillness/njuries people need to be sued for and take responsibility for......

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I quit over a month ago, but nice try. :lol:

It's already an economic burden on the smoker. Smokers already pay high taxes on cigarettes and die sooner.

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I see Wetcoaster has taught you well young Padawan, way to ignore the point about responsibility and twist the rest around to try to start a fight, who do you have standing by to antagonize me while you pretend to be the voice pf reason like our favourite arm chair charter of rights "expert" was so famous for?

Riddle me this: why should a government be able to sue a company for selling a product this government declares legal? Why should a person be able to sue for injuries caused by their own stupidity? If you eat six big macs every day it isn't McDoanlds fault you weigh 500 lbs, if you get hit by a car it isn't Ford's fault because they built the car, if you get lung cancer from smoking three packs a day it isn't the tobacco company's fault, it's YOUR fault, you ignored the warnings.

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Nice job quitting.

It'll be a burden when only the rich can afford to slowly kill themselves. Judging by how I can't bus to school and back without inhaling half a pack of second hand cigarette smoke, I'm guessing that's not the case.

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