Jury: Tobacco Companies Not to Blame for Cancer

By: AP
By: AP

Bradenton, Florida (AP) --

A jury decided that several tobacco companies are not responsible for causing a man's laryngeal cancer after he smoked cigarettes for about 37 years.

The jury deliberated and came to a decision Tuesday, Oct. 5. This was
the second trial for 70-year-old Jimmie Willis, who has a quarter-sized hole in his throat; an earlier hearing ended in a mistrial.

Jurors were asked whether to award compensatory damages to
Willis, who has spent about $412,000 for surgeries and treatment
for laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease.

A majority of the jurors outside the court room declined to comment on why they chose the verdict.

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