Lung cancer victims win first skirmish with tobacco companies

Thursday 12 February 1998

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Press release12 February 1998 ASH
Action on Smoking
and Health

Lung cancer victims win first skirmish with tobacco companies

ASH was delighted by this morning’s Appeal Court ruling which liftsthe cloud over the main UK tobacco litigation – which alleges that Imperial Tobacco andGallaher were negligent in not reducing tar levels when the link between smoking and lungcancer first became clear. It is now very unlikely that the lung cancer victims’lawyers will be forced to pay the tobacco companies’ costs. This means the case willcontinue – probably coming to a full trial in Spring 1999.

Clive Bates, Director of ASH, said:

“This was a clumsy attempt to intimidate the victims’ solicitors and forcethem out of the case before the serious allegations of negligence and misconduct on thepart of the tobacco companies could be heard in court.”

“There is a long battle ahead, but the lung cancer victims have won the firstskirmish with the cigarette companies.”

“Lung cancer sufferers can still join the case and this will improve the chancesof success and give strength to those already fighting. Living smokers or ex-smokers whowant to join the action can contact ASH for information on how to go about it. ” saidBates.


Contact Clive Bates, Director (020) 7739 5902
Amanda Sandford, Communications Director (020) 7739 5902

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