Ashes to ashes Last rites for the tobacco industry?



In recent years the tobacco manufacturers have escaped relatively unscathed from numerous jury verdicts across the country. But a heavyweight civil suit is looming, threatening to completely undermine the stability of the industry.

In late September, the United States Department of Justice began its prosecution of a number of tobacco firms under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (Rico) Act. Altria, its subsidiary Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds, Lorillard Tobacco, Brown & Williamson,

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