Lung Conditions from Smoking
A while back a Florida jury ordered Philip Morris to pay $8 million to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer. The man, Stuart Hess, was a chain smoker for decades. Philip Morris said they would appeal. This was an important verdict, because it is the first of about 8,000 lawsuits which have been filed in Florida against the big tobacco companies.
During the trial, a video was shown of 1994 testimony before the U.S. Congress where top executives of the tobacco companies denied that smoking was addictive. Those statements have been long discredited by medical fact.