Health minister encourages relatives of tobacco victims to claim compensation


Health Minister Maithreepala Sirisena says he would encourage families of tobacco victims to take legal action in order to obtain compensation.


He said there is precedence that compensation could be claimed from tobacco companies in the event doctors would endorse the particular death is caused by smoking.


The Minister opined this during the inaugural ceremony of liquor and tobacco education conference held with the participation of parliamentarians from six regional countries this morning.


Last Friday, the widow of a cigarette smoker who died of lung cancer has been awarded 23.6 billion US dollars in compensation from America's second biggest tobacco company.

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