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Webinar - Litigating the Tobacco Industry: Progress and Promise

Jan 7, 2016

Webinar - Litigating the Tobacco Industry: Progress and Promise

Thursday January 7, 2016 | 11:30AM to 1:00 PM (AST)

Language: English | Format: 90-minutes (online)

On June 1st, 2015, Justice Brian Riordan of the Quebec Superior Court released his judgment in favour of two Quebec class actions against Canada’s three main tobacco companies: Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, and JTI MacDonald. He ordered the companies to pay more than $15 billion in moral and punitive damages to almost 100,000 Quebec smokers and ex-smokers who developed emphysema, lung cancer or throat cancer. This lawsuit was not only the largest class-action suit to ever make it to trial, but also the first tobacco-related class-action suit to get to trial. 

This webinar will present some of the fascinating highlights and blockbuster revelations of the two-and-a half year trial, including key witnesses and experts who testified. The speakers will summarize Justice Riordan’s landmark decision and the subsequent response from the tobacco companies. They will address implications of the ruling for the future and how it can be used for meaningful tobacco control reform. 

In addition, the webinar will highlight other forms of tobacco-related litigation against the industry, such as the provincial cost recovery lawsuits, outlining progress and potential benefits to tobacco control.


Francois Damphousse, Director, Montreal Office, Non-Smokers’ Rights Association

Cynthia Callard, Executive Director, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada

Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Cancer Society

Participants will:

  • Learn about the role that Canadian tobacco companies played in perpetuating the tobacco epidemic.
  • Understand the importance of litigation in a comprehensive tobacco control strategy.
  • Better understand the role of litigation in pursuing public health objectives and how litigation results can be used for future meaningful reform.

This webinar will be of interest to public health practitioners and policy makers working in comprehensive tobacco control.

REGISTER for this webinar.