US chain smoker's widow gets $8m

A US jury has ordered tobacco giant Philip Morris to pay $8m to the widow of a lifelong smoker who died of lung disease. The jury in Florida decided in favour of Elaine Hess, whose husband Stuart died of lung cancer in 1997 at age 55. He had smoked for 40 years. The ruling could blaze a legal trail for 8,000 similar cases in Florida.


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