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November 12, 2013
BRIDGEPORT -- A federal court jury dealt a stunning blow to the tobacco industry this week when it awarded $8 million to a Norwich woman who developed cancer after smoking Salem cigarettes for more than 25 years.
Her larynx had to be removed as a result of the cancer and she is forced to breathe through a hole in her throat.
The damages against the R.J. Reynolds Co. could soar later this summer when U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill determines how much the company must pay in additional punitive damages to compensate Barbara Izzarelli, of Norwich.