Landmark Lawsuit Over Smoking Costs
Original Air Date:
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Alberta is the latest province to pursue big tobacco with plans for a $10 billion lawsuit to recover health care costs for smoking-related illnesses.
With five other provinces already years ahead in the lengthy legal process, some wonder how long it will take for Alberta to see compensation. With the province already collecting taxes on tobacco products, industry calls the lawsuit hypocritical.
What should Albertans expect from the $10 billion lawsuit? What effect will legal action ultimately have on smoking rates in our province?
Joining us for this discussion is Les Hagen, Executive Director of Action on Smoking & Health; and Nigel Forster, an Edmonton Lawyer with Expertise in Health Law.
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