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Jury Hits Philip Morris With $21M in Smoker’s Fatal Cancer

Jurors in Boston handed down a $21 million verdict against Philip Morris for the role it found the tobacco giant played in a Massachusetts smoker’s death. 

The award includes $11 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitives imposed against Philip Morris for Frederick Laramie’s 2016 lung cancer death. 

Laramie began smoking at 13 after being offered free samples near a local convenience store. He continued smoking for more than four decades, ultimately dying at 56. His family claims Philip Morris caused Laramie’s death by selling cigarettes it knew were dangerous and addictive. 

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