Health groups and tobacco companies are asking a federal appeals court to reverse parts of a landmark ruling two years ago against cigarette-makers.
Lawyers for the tobacco companies have asked the judges to overturn the ruling that the tobacco industry deceived the public for decades about smoking risks. The lawyers say that, unless reversed, it could open the door to more smokers' lawsuits alleging harm from deceptive health claims by cigarette makers. The arguments are scheduled Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Groups like Tobacco Free Kids and the American Heart Association want the tobacco companies to pay billions of dollars for education and smoking cessation programs.
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