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article imageCigarette company ordered to pay dead smoker's family

By Samuel Okocha     Dec 17, 2010 in World
Tobacco Company Lorillard was ordered to pay the family of a dead smoker $81 million dollars in damages, after allegedly giving out free cigarettes to entice African American children to smoke in a poor Boston neighborhood in the early 1960s.
A jury in Boston gave the order following a suit by the son of Marie Evans. She reportedly died of lung cancer in 2002 at age 54, and according to her family, she started smoking Newports at age 13, VOA reports.
The jury had earlier in the week awarded the Evans family $71 million in compensatory damages.
The Lorillard Tobacco Company has however said it would appeal, denying giving free cigarettes to black children in one of the oldest cities in the US.
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