_News Talk 770
The Alberta government is going after big tobacco companies for $10-billion.The province is filing a lawsuit saying that amount represents the province's health care costs associated with smoking related illnesses. British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have already filed lawsuits against tobacco manufacturers, and Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec are all expected to follow suit.
Redford says Alberta's legal action is part of a renewed tobacco reduction strategy to be released next month.
The aim is to prevent tobacco use by youth, protect people from second-hand smoke and support those who want to quit.