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A court in the USA has ordered the tobacco R.J. Reynolds to pay a woman $23.6 billion in . Cynthia Robinson filed a against R.J. Reynolds in 2008 and fought for six years for . Her husband Michael died of cancer in 1996 after two of smoking. He started smoking when he was 13 and died when he was 36. Mrs Robinson argued that the company was in not informing her husband that nicotine is and that smoking can lead to lung cancer. She said tobacco companies knew in the 1950s that smoking was lethal and should have been more in telling people. Johnson's lawyer said: "He couldn't quit. He was smoking the day he died."

A for R.J. Reynolds, America's -largest tobacco company, said the compensation was disproportionate. He said: "The damages awarded in this are grossly excessive and impermissible under and constitutional law." He added: "This goes far beyond the realm of reasonableness and and is completely inconsistent with the evidence presented." Mrs Robinson's lawyer Chris Chestnut said looked at R.J. Reynolds' aggressive marketing, particularly campaigns aimed at people. He said: "[R.J. Reynolds] lied to Congress, they lied to the , they lied to smokers and tried to blame the smoker." He added that the jury's decision was "".

 
 

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