Quebec Council on Smoking and Health v. JTI-MacDonald Corp.

Two class action lawsuits were filed against three major Canadian tobacco companies on behalf of Quebec residents addicted to nicotine and residents suffering from tobacco-related diseases. In this ruling, the court refused a request by tobacco companies to dismiss all or parts of the lawsuits. The court allowed the case to continue so that the class members could attempt to prove that the tobacco companies’ actions caused class members to smoke and to prove financial damages.


Quebec Council on Smoking and Health v. JTI-Macdonald Corp., 2013 QCCS 1924 (2013).

  • Canada
  • May 9, 2013
  • Superior Court, District of Montreal (Class Action Division)



  • Cecilia Letourneau
  • Jean-Yves Blais
  • Quebec Council on Smoking and Health (Conseil Quebecois Sur le Tabac et la Sante)


  • Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd.
  • JTI-Macdonald Corp.
  • Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

Legislation Cited

Tobacco-Related Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act

Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms

Quebec Consumer Protection Act

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Type of Litigation

Tobacco Control Topics

Substantive Issues

Type of Tobacco Product