Tobacco Companies to Pay Widow $2.47 million Over Husband’s Lung Cancer Death

Tobacco Companies to Pay Widow $2.47 million Over Husband's Lung Cancer DeathThree tobacco companies will pay a total of $2.47 million to a widow whose husband died of lung cancer in 1998 after smoking their products for decades.

The husband of Mary Tullo was found to be 45 percent liable for his own death, as the jury ruled that he continued to smoke at least one pack a day even after the health dangers became widely known through public health campaigns and warnings, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Phillip Morris, the manufacturer of Parliament cigarettes, which Tullo smoked for the last 30 years of his life, will pay approximately $2 million in damages, while the Liggett Group and Lorillard Tobacco will pay approximately $225,000 each.

"The jury realized that Dominick Tullo was addicted to [the defendants'] cigarettes and that their cigarettes killed him," Mary Tullo's toxic substances attorney said.

Approximately 222,520 people were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010, according to the National Cancer Society. Another 157,300 people died of the disease the same year.