A U.S. jury has ordered cigarette maker Philip Morris to pay $13.8million (£8.4m) to the daughter of a long term smoker who died of lung cancer.
The jury in Los Angeles voted in favour of Jodie Bullock, the daughter of Betty Bullock who died of lung cancer in 2003 aged 64.
She had smoked for 47 years starting on Marlboros when she was just 17 before turning to Benson & Hedges - both Philip Morris products.
Lawyers for Philip Morris argued Betty Bullock could have stopped smoking at anytime and the harmful effects of cigarettes were then known to smokers.
Ms Bullock sued Philip Morris in 2001, accusing the company of fraud and product liability.
In 2002 a jury recommended the tobacco company pay a record $28billion in punitive damages to Bullock, but a judge later reduced the award to $28million.
In 2008, the U.S Court of Appeal reversed the jury's decision and sent the case for a new trial with Philip Morris claiming the $28million was excessive.
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