The verdict also asks for the payment of $ 16,800 million in compensatory damages, bringing it to a total of $ 40,000 million.
During the trial, Cynthia Robinson argued that RJ Reynolds had a careless attitude of not reporting to the customers the risks faced by having cancer. Her husband, she said, got lung cancer, after becoming “addicted” to cigarettes and making futile treatments to quit smoking.
The tobacco companies plans to appeal, according to its vice president J. Jeffery Raborn. They consider that it was “far beyond the field of justice and equity”, they said in a release.