Smoking was the choice of bladder cancer patients, RJR tells jury

By Cara Salvatore (January 19, 2022, 9:53 PM EST) — RJ Reynolds told a Florida state jury on Wednesday that a bladder cancer survivor’s smoking was not due to an addiction, claiming that he voluntarily started smoking again even after an episode in which he quit for days while lost at sea on his boat.

In closing arguments for a trial that began Jan. 3 in Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa, jurors heard the tobacco company push back against the idea that former smoker Joseph Rutkowski experienced “destitution” in cause of long-term complications from smoking-related cancer. He survived. In his lawsuit, Rutkowski blames the company for covering up the dangers of smoking and thus causing his injuries.

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