Ashes to ashes Last rites for the tobacco industry?

The Department of Justice is suing the tobacco industry for $280 billion—a sum that has had many tobacco chiefs choking on their cheroots. John Caserta assesses the likely impact of the lawsuit


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

Only users who have a paid subscription or are part of a corporate subscription are able to print or copy content.

To access these options, along with all other subscription benefits, please contact or view our subscription options here:

You are currently unable to copy this content. Please contact to find out more.

Sorry, our subscription options are not loading right now

Please try again later. Get in touch with our customer services team if this issue persists.

New to View our subscription options

You need to sign in to use this feature. If you don’t have a account, please register for a trial.

Sign in
You are currently on corporate access.

To use this feature you will need an individual account. If you have one already please sign in.

Sign in.

Alternatively you can request an individual account here