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Heisei 15 Tobacco Disease Case

Smokers suffering from respiratory diseases sought: (1) recovery of healthcare costs, tort damages and punitive damages from the government, Japan Tobacco (JTI), and JTI's executives; (2) a ban preventing JTI from advertising and sponsoring public activities; (3) a ban on sales of tobacco products; and (4) an order forcing JTI to place more health warnings on the packages and labels of its products. The court found the evidence presented to show causation between JTI's  activities and the plaintiffs' health problems to be insufficient.  The plaintiffs' requests were denied.