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The Ontario government has been given the green light to move ahead with a $50-billion lawsuit against a group of major tobacco companies. Read more: www.canada.com...
Ontario launched the lawsuit against 14 tobacco companies in September 2009 to recoup past and present health-care costs related to smoking.
The lawsuit says that since 1955, tobacco companies have been liable for these costs because they knew about the addictiveness and associated health risks of cigarettes.
It also claims the companies misrepresented the risks, did not take steps to reduce them and marketed cigarettes towards children and teens.
Read more: www.canada.com...
Originally posted by AzureSky
Smokes are already expensive enough.
And the government shouldn't be complaining its broke, its made that way.
Good old canada, where a pack of smokes is 12 bucks.
A substantial proportion of smokers in Ontario reported purchasing cigarettes on First Nations reserves. At least 14% of the reported cigarettes consumed by Ontario smokers between January 2005 and June 2006 were bought on reserves, leading to an estimated loss of $122.2 million in tax revenues.