Hospitals won't get financial help to treat smokers

The tobacco industry prevailed over a group of Midwest hospitals seeking reimbursement for treating uninsured smokers. A federal court jury held for the tobacco industry in the case of the City of St. Louis v. American Tobacco, agreeing with the defendants that tobacco was not a dangerous or defective product leading to health problems among poor and uninsured patients that hospitals had to treat and pay for. Thirty-seven hospitals in the Midwest had sought $455 billion in damages from six tobacco companies.

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