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On July 6, 2006, the Florida Supreme Court cleared the path for hundreds of thousands of Florida residents to file individual lawsuits against the nation's largest tobacco manufacturers for injuries sustained from smoking cigarettes.

The decision was hailed as a victory for the tobacco industry, but the reality is that this decision actually makes it easier for Florida residents to file individual lawsuits. The Court ruled that individual plaintiffs can use previous jury findings against the tobacco industry in the newly filed lawsuits. These findings include the following:

  • that cigarettes cause some of the diseases at issue;

  • that nicotine is addictive;

  • that the defendants placed cigarettes on the market that were defective and unreasonably dangerous;

  • that the defendants concealed or omitted material information not otherwise known or available knowing that the material was false or misleading or failed to disclose a material fact concerning the health effects or addictive nature of smoking cigarettes or both;

  • that all of the defendants agreed to misrepresent information relating to the health effects of cigarettes or the addictive nature of cigarettes with the intention that smokers and the public would rely on this information to their detriment;

  • that the defendants agreed to conceal or omit information regarding the health effects of cigarettes or their addictive nature with the intention that smokers and the public would rely on this information to their detriment;

  • that all of the defendants sold or supplied cigarettes that were defective;

  • that all of the defendants sold or supplied cigarettes that at the time of the sale or supply did not conform to representations of fact made by the defendants;

  • that all of the defendants were negligent;
These findings will make it much easier for plaintiffs to prevail in their lawsuits against the tobacco industry.

The jury in the previous class action lawsuit also determined that the following diseases and conditions are caused by smoking cigarettes: aortic aneurysm, bladder cancer, cerebrovascular disease, cervical cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer (specifically, adenocarcinoma, large cell carcinoma, small cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma), complications of pregnancy, oral cavity/tongue cancer, pancreatic cancer, peripheral vascular disease, pharyngeal cancer, and stomach cancer.

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