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
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.