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Alberta launches $10-billion lawsuit against tobacco companies

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is set to launch one of the largest
legal actions in the province's history, a $10-billion lawsuit against
the tobacco industry to recover decades worth of smoking-related health
care costs.

Premier Alison Redford said the province is
finalizing the statement of claim, which is expected to be filed within
the next two weeks.

"Tobacco use has had a devastating impact on
many generations of Albertans. The costs are not just to our health-care
system, but in the many lives cut short by the use of tobacco," Redford
said in a statement. "This legal action is a significant part of
renewing our tobacco reduction strategy."

Redford says Alberta's legal action is part of a renewed tobacco reduction strategy to be released next month.

The aim is to prevent tobacco use by youth, protect people from second-hand smoke and support those who want to quit.

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Added: May-30-2012 Occurred On: May-30-2012
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