Brazil sues Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco Plc to recover costs from tobacco harms

The Brazil solicitor general’s office (AGU) has announced a lawsuit against Philip Morris International (PMI) and British American Tobacco Plc (BAT) with the intention of recovering costs accrued from treating 26 tobacco-related illnesses and diseases over the last five years. Tobacco is estimated to kill over 156,000 people in Brazil and to cost Brazilian healthcare systems around 57 billion reais ($14.1bn) each year. The suit refers to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in calling for compensation and civil liability related to tobacco harms and has been publicly supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Source: https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-tobacco-lawsuit/brazil-sues-top-tobacco-firms-to-recover-public-health-costs-idUKKCN1SS2DN