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LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS MUST SERVE AS A RECKONING FOR BIG TOBACCO

All 10 provincial governments have filed lawsuits against the tobacco industry collectively seeking more than $500 billion in damages for tobacco-related health care costs.

Now the provinces are in negotiations with Big Tobacco to settle the lawsuits. The negotiations are being held in secret, with no participation by health organizations.

The settlement negotiations provide a historic one-time opportunity. Provincial governments must make it a priority in the negotiations to reform tobacco industry behaviour and reduce tobacco use.

Big Tobacco must be stopped. A settlement cannot allow tobacco companies to carry on “business as usual”. For too long Big Tobacco has addicted youth and caused massive suffering, disease and death.

The Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Lung Association and Heart & Stroke have been urging provincial governments to ensure that any settlement include effective health measures, including that at least 10% of the proceeds of a settlement be allocated to an independent fund to reduce tobacco use, and that fundamental new controls be placed on tobacco companies as part of any settlement.

You can help. Let your provincial Premier, Health Minister, Attorney General and the elected member for your riding know that you support strong measures to reduce tobacco use being the priority in the settlement negotiations, by using this form.

LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS MUST SERVE AS A RECKONING FOR BIG TOBACCO

All 10 provincial governments have filed lawsuits against the tobacco industry collectively seeking more than $500 billion in damages for tobacco-related health care costs.

Now the provinces are in negotiations with Big Tobacco to settle the lawsuits. The negotiations are being held in secret, with no participation by health organizations.

The settlement negotiations provide a historic one-time opportunity. Provincial governments must make it a priority in the negotiations to reform tobacco industry behaviour and reduce tobacco use.

Big Tobacco must be stopped. A settlement cannot allow tobacco companies to carry on “business as usual”. For too long Big Tobacco has addicted youth and caused massive suffering, disease and death.

The Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Lung Association and Heart & Stroke have been urging provincial governments to ensure that any settlement include effective health measures, including that at least 10% of the proceeds of a settlement be allocated to an independent fund to reduce tobacco use, and that fundamental new controls be placed on tobacco companies as part of any settlement.

You can help. Let your provincial Premier, Health Minister, Attorney General and the elected member for your riding know that you support strong measures to reduce tobacco use being the priority in the settlement negotiations, by using this form.

Issue Backgrounder
Letters from Health Organizations

Detailed lettres sent to each provinical government from the Canadian Cancer Soceity, the Lung Association , Heart & Stroke and other provincial coalition members:

Lawsuits From Each Province

Lawsuits filed by each provincial government outlining extremely serious claims against the tobacco industry:

For more information: info@StopBigTobacco.ca

Issue Backgrounder
Letters from Health Organizations

Detailed lettres sent to each provinical government from the Canadian Cancer Soceity, the Lung Association , Heart & Stroke and other provincial coalition members:

Lawsuits From Each Province

Lawsuits filed by each provincial government outlining extremely serious claims against the tobacco industry:

For more information: info@StopBigTobacco.ca