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July 4, 2007

Public Health Benefits of Recent Litigation Against the Tobacco Industry

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center for Law and the Public's Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland.

JAMA. 2007;298(1):86-89. doi:10.1001/jama.298.1.86

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