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New Mexico woman sues over cigarette claims 

Jump to full article: Reuters, 1999-07-16


A woman who switched to an additive-free brand of cigarettes because she thought they were less harmful to her health filed suit against the cigarette's manufacturer as well as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco (NYSE:RJR - news) after developing lung cancer, her lawyers said on Friday.

In New Mexico's first lawsuit filed by an individual against tobacco companies, Juanell Davis, 57, asked for damages from privately owned Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and R.J. Reynolds, which makes the Winston brand she smoked previously. . . ``If I had any idea that this addiction was going to be so controlling, strong and permanent, I never would have smoked my first cigarette,'' Davis said in a statement released by Rhett Klok with Branch Law Firm of Albuquerque.

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American Spirit is marketing to make consumers believe their product is better for them, more natural as it were. . . The truth of the matter is that they are little different than other tobacco companies.
Lawyer Rhett Klok, who is representing Juanell Davis in the first individual suit against Santa Fe Natural Tobacco. Quoted in <i>New Mexico woman sues over cigarette claims</i>