U.S. tobacco companies defeat hospitals’ lawsuit

Hospitals sought compensation for treating smokers

In the state of Missouri, 37 hospitals sued six major U.S. tobacco companies for delivering an “unreasonably dangerous” product, seeking more than $455 million reimbursement for treating uninsured smokers who didn’t pay for care, Reuters reports. However, a jury in St. Louis has rejected their claim. “The jury agreed with Philip Morris USA that ordinary cigarettes are not negligently designed or defective,” said Murray Garnick of Philip Morris.

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