South Korea - smokers face uphill battle in Supreme Court..


April 6, 2011 - Will smokers be compensated for the cancer they develop after smoking cigarettes for decades without knowing its harms?

Background:

South Korea - lung cancer patients taken tobacco suit to the Supreme Court..;
South Korea - appellate court upholds lower court ruling rejecting claims of compensation for smoking lung cancer patients..
Moreover, will the court find tobacco firms guilty of selling carcinogens without appropriate warnings? The answers now depend on the Supreme Court justices as six smokers and 25 of their relatives have filed a suit against KT&G, the tobacco manufacturer here, over the prevalence of cancers believed to have been caused by decades-long smoking habit. They have demanded a total of 360 million won ($320,000) in compensation.

Bae Keum-ja, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. “It seems the court is taking the side of a poison maker.” Bae, who graduated from Harvard Law School with studies on cigarette litigation, admitted that the struggle will be long and might not produce the result they are looking for.

The answers now depend on the Supreme Court justices as six smokers and 25 of their relatives have filed a suit against KT&G, the tobacco manufacturer here, over the prevalence of cancers believed to have been caused by decades-long smoking habit. They have demanded a total of 360 million won ($320,000) in compensation.

The Seoul Central District Court and the Seoul High Court took 12 years to rule in favor of the tobacco maker, acknowledging that smoking increases cancer prevalence but requiring individuals to verify that smoking was the direct cause of their cancer. To successfully sue, the patients must also show that tobacco firms have concealed information about the harm that cigarettes have on human health.

“KT&G has refused the court’s settlement offer to establish a public foundation dedicated to antismoking campaign. Unless a whistleblower turns up to reveal crucial facts that support our claims from the inside, the chances are not so high,” she said.


Reference: Herald Interview] Smokers face uphill battle in Supreme Court by Bae Ji-sook (baejisook@heraldm.com). Korea Herald, 3/27/2011.

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(passive smoking, environmental tobacco smoke, ets, involuntary smoking, sidestream smoking)

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