Smokers Class Action

A Miami jury is hearing testimony from the first of two plaintiffs selected to represent a class of Florida smokers in their lawsuit against the tobacco industry. Last summer, the same jury found that smoking causes disease and that the industry makes a dangerous product. They must now decide how the smokers should be compensated for their injuries and how much the tobacco companies should pay in punitive damages. NPR's Debbie Elliott looks at the testimony so far and what it says about each side's legal strategy.



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