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Manitoba joins other provinces in suing tobacco industry

Winnipeg Free Press – ONLINE EDITION

30 June 2011

Manitoba and Nova Scotia are joining other provinces in pursuing legal action against the tobacco industry to recover health-care costs associated with smoking.

“Working with other provinces, we’re taking steps to hold the tobacco industry accountable for past actions that led to increased tobacco use in the province,” Justice Minister Andrew Swan said.


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Manitoba and Nova Scotia will join other provinces that have already filed suit in this effort, including New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Quebec and Alberta have also announced their intention to pursue lawsuits.

Manitoba will likely work with New Brunswick, which has hired two national law firms, Bennett Jones and Siskinds, to argue its case.

A provincial law, passed in 2006, gives Manitoba the authority to sue the tobacco industry, the government said in a news release Thursday.

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