Commentary: Why Big Tobacco Can't Be Killed

Mary Farnan, Angie Della Vecchia, and Frank Amodeo may be unknowns, but these three smokers--two of whom are dying, and in Della Vecchia's case, deceased--are proving to be the tobacco industry's worst nightmare. The reason: A Florida jury ruled on Apr. 7 that cigarette makers were responsible for the trio's illnesses and awarded them and their survivors $6.9 million in compensatory damages.

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