Author Affiliations: Center for Law and the Public's Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland.
As with lawsuits involving other dangerous products, litigation against the tobacco industry can serve several important functions. Lawsuits can compensate individuals harmed by the product and can serve a public health purpose by encouraging manufacturers to change their products, sales, or marketing strategies to reduce risks. Information obtained in litigation also can be used to support future regulatory action.1
Vernick JS, Rutkow L, Teret SP. Public Health Benefits of Recent Litigation Against the Tobacco Industry. JAMA. 2007;298(1):86-89. doi:10.1001/jama.298.1.86