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Damage award decision near for Florida smoker's widow

A Broward County jury is scheduled Tuesday to consider whether
to award millions of dollars to the family of Stuart Hess, who died
of lung cancer in 1997.

The jury already found that Hess's addiction to nicotine caused his death.

The panel must also decide how much Hess and Richmond, Va.-based Philip Morris were to blame.

The case is the first of about 8,000 similar lawsuits filed
after the Florida Supreme Court in 2006 threw out a $145 billion
damage award in a huge smoking class-action case.

The court let stand findings that cigarette makers sold dangerous products and concealed the risks.


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