Tobacco Cos. To Blame For 50-Year Addiction, Jury Hears

Law360 (August 14, 2019, 9:43 PM EDT) -- A Florida state court jury heard opening arguments Wednesday over the lung cancer death of a Florida man who had smoked multiple packs of cigarettes a day for nearly 50 years, with his widow's lawyer saying Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds induced an unshakable addiction by hiding information about cigarettes' dangers.

The jury in Florida's Eleventh Judicial District in Dade County heard arguments in the case of Mark Fields, who immigrated to the U.S. from Lithuania at age 8 and began smoking around 14 or 15 in the mid-1940s, according to his widow's lawyer, Adam Trop of Trop Law Group....

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