Recover Health-care Costs from Tobacco Industry

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  Nova Scotia is taking steps to hold the tobacco industry

accountable for past actions that led to increased tobacco use

in the province.

     Justice Minister Ross Landry says the province will work

with Manitoba to hire a law firm to help the provinces recover

health-care costs.

     New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia and Newfoundland

and Labrador are already pursuing litigation, and Quebec and

Alberta have announced their intention to pursue lawsuits.

     Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald applauded the

other provinces for their efforts to hold the tobacco industry

accountable. She says taking this step is a commitment in Nova

Scotia's 2011 Tobacco Control Strategy.


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