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Jan 20, 2006

Smokers Sue Philip Morris

Smokers Sue Philip Morris
A group of longtime Marlboro cigarette smokers sued Philip Morris on Thursday, but not for cash. Instead, they want the tobacco giant to pay for annual high-tech screenings they say would catch lung cancer in its early stages.

Like other tobacco lawsuits, the complaint filed by four plaintiffs in federal court in Brooklyn alleges they were victims of deceptive marketing of a deadly product. It seeks class action status for anyone over the age of 50 who has smoked the equivalent of one pack a day for at least 20 years.

The plaintiffs have demanded yearly spiral Computerized axial tomography scans at the company's expense. The suit claims the procedure _ which can cost up to $500 and is not normally covered by health insurance could save thousands of lives by detecting lung cancer before it becomes deadly.

"Philip Morris is obligated morally, not just legally, to make a health investment to help prevent death and suffering caused by the Marlboro smoke," said the smokers' attorney Jerome H. Block.

Philip Morris USA Inc., the nation's largest cigarette company, had no immediate comment.

Tobacco companies have won two other so-called medical monitoring suits that went to trial. In a 2001 case brought against Philip Morris, a West Virginia jury found that the manufacturer had no obligation to provide cancer screening for the state's healthy and former smokers; a Louisiana jury made a similar finding in 2003.

The new suit describes a Computerized axial tomography scan as a simple procedure that can detect small tumors on the lungs far more effectively than conventional chest X-rays.


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