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Statement From Attorney General John Gerretsen On Launch Of Manitoba's Tobacco Litigation

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Statement From Attorney General John Gerretsen On Launch Of Manitoba's Tobacco Litigation

Ministry of the Attorney General

Attorney General John Gerretsen issued the following statement today regarding Manitoba's tobacco litigation:

"Today Manitoba joined in the fight against tobacco-related illness by taking legal action against tobacco manufacturers.

Manitoba, like Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, is suing tobacco companies in an effort to recover past and ongoing health care costs for the treatment of tobacco-related illness.

Our government launched its own $50-billion lawsuit against a group of 14 tobacco companies in 2009, following the passage of the Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, 2009.

I am pleased to have an ally in Manitoba as we work together to fight tobacco-related illness on behalf of taxpayers and families in our respective provinces.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Ontario. It kills more than 13,000 people each year. Ontario taxpayers are also burdened with over $1.93 billion per year in health care costs.

I would like to congratulate Attorney General Andrew Swan and the Government of Manitoba for taking this important step and encourage the rest of my colleagues throughout Canada to join in the fight.

Together, we're sending a strong message to these companies that the costs and consequences of tobacco use are simply unacceptable."

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