Smoked out

 
Published: Saturday 15 February 1997

One of the biggest tobacco lawsuits was set in motion in the US recently with lawyers sending notices to potential claimants. These include former and current flight attendants on US airlines consistently exposed to second-hand smoke. A mass mailing exercise has begun to identify non-smokers among 120,000 flight attendants who are suffering from smoking-related ailments such as lung cancer. The class-action suit is seeking unspecified damages from leading cigarette manufacturers for hiding dangers of second-hand smoke. The trial will begin in June and is likely to run for two to three months.

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