Canada smoke firms sued for $27bn

BBC News

A Canadian class-action lawsuit that could cost three large tobacco companies up to C$27bn is set to begin in Montreal.

Two sets of smokers are arguing Imperial Tobacco, JTI-Macdonald and Rothmans Benson and Hedges manipulated nicotine levels and hid research on the health effects of smoking.

It is the largest suit of its kind brought before a Canadian court.

The trial opens as six provinces plan to sue the companies for health costs.

A similar suit in the US led to major tobacco companies paying $246bn over 25 years for health-care costs.

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