Viewpoints: Tobacco company plays hardball in new suits in mesothelioma cases pointing toward cigarette filters
It’s hard to think of anything more reckless than adding a deadly carcinogen to a product that already causes cancer – then bragging about the health benefits.
That’s what Lorillard Tobacco did 60 years ago when it introduced Kent cigarettes, whose patented “Micronite” filter contained a particularly virulent form of asbestos. Smokers puffed their way through 13 billion Kents from March 1952 until May 1956, when Lorillard changed the filter design. Six decades later, the legal fallout continues – including last month, when a Florida jury awarded record damages of more than $3.5 million.