A Florida jury rules against cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., in favor of the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The widow alleges the company concealed the health dangers and addictive properties of the product. After a four-week trial, the jury deliberates that the widow will receive $7.3 million in compensatory damages, while their child receives $9.6 million. A second deliberation results in the widow receiving an additional $23.6 billion for punitive damages. The judgement is the largest in Florida history for a case against wrongful death.
He couldn’t quit. He was smoking the day he died.