Wed, Oct 15, 2003
A jury hearing a case regarding alleged injuries resulting from
exposure in airline cabins to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS),
also known as "secondhand smoke," has returned a verdict in favor
of the tobacco companies.
Heard in Miami-Dade County Circuit
Court, the case was brought forward by a former flight attendant
Gail Routh, who claimed her lung cancer, chronic sinusitis and
chronic bronchitis were a result of her exposure to cigarette smoke
while working as a flight attendant for 27 years.
The trial was the latest in a series coming under the terms of
the settlement of the Broin class action permitting individual
plaintiffs to proceed. Six of the seven such cases that have gone
to trial have resulted in victories for the tobacco companies. The
one defeat is under appeal.
"We are pleased with the jury's verdict," said Ben Shively, an
attorney representing Brown & Williamson tobacco. "As usual,
when a jury applies common sense to the facts, a proper result is
reached," he said.
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