Here are some of the Court's precedent-setting findings:

The Florida Supreme Court has issued a mandate in the Engle v. Liggett Class Action, requiring Engle Class members to take action and file individual lawsuits by January 11, 2008.


Smoking cigarettes causes life-threatening diseases that include aortic aneurysms, bladder cancer, cerebrovascular disease, cervical cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, complications of pregnancy, oral cavity/tongue cancer, pancreatic cancer, peripheral vascular disease, pharyngeal cancer, and stomach cancer.

The nicotine in cigarettes is addictive.

Big Tobacco placed on the market cigarettes that were defective and unreasonably dangerous.

The tobacco industry purposely omitted or concealed information about the adverse health effects and addictive nature of smoking cigarettes.

Big Tobacco intentionally misrepresented information about the health effects of cigarettes and their addictive nature.

All of the defendant tobacco companies named in this lawsuit were negligent.

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Tobacco Resource Links

Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS)
Sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control. Information, statistics,and help to quit smoking.

Action on Smoking and Health
National nonprofit antismoking organization with information on legislation, litigation, and dangers related to tobacco.

Tobacco Litigation
US Department of Justice Web site providing information on the federal government's civil suit against the tobacco industry.

The parent company of Philip Morris USA, a major cigarette manufacturer. Gives the company's viewpoint on tobacco litigation and public policy vis-á-vis tobacco use, as well as detailed information about tobacco litigation in general and historically.

Tobacco Control Resource Center
Organization of physicians, attorneys, and academics that implements tobacco control projects.

Tobacco Facts
Geared towards teens and young adults. Sponsored by the British Columbia Ministry of Health.

Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)
World Health Organization Web site on the global public health aspects of tobacco control.

Health Effects on the Unborn Baby
Sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health.

A Tribe Called Quit
Discusses traditional native spiritual uses of tobacco, as opposed to tobacco abuse. From the Aboriginal Youth Network, also contains tools for smoking cessation from the native viewpoint.

Smoking Cessation
Guidance for those who wish to quit smoking, including tips on stress management without tobacco. From About, Inc., a division of the New York Times Company.

From the US National Library of Medicine, helpful links to information on smokeless tobacco.