Knight v. Imperial Tobacco Canada

Buyers of light cigarettes in British Columbia sought class action status in their lawsuit against Imperial Tobacco Canada claiming that the company’s advertising attempted to deceive the public into thinking that light cigarettes were less harmful than regular cigarettes in violation of a consumer protection law. The group sought economic damages for the cost of the cigarettes, which would be distributed to charitable groups researching and treating smoking-related illnesses. The court certified the class action, allowing it to move forward, because there were sufficient issues common to the class.


Knight v. Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited, 2005 BCSC 172 (2005).

  • Canada
  • Feb 8, 2005
  • Supreme Court of British Columbia


Plaintiff Kenneth Knight

Defendant Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited

Third Party

  • Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada

Legislation Cited

Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act of British Columbia, 2004

Class Proceedings Act of British Columbia, 1996

Trade Practices Act of British Columbia, 1996

Related Documents

Type of Litigation

Tobacco Control Topics

Substantive Issues

Type of Tobacco Product