STATE INSURER SUES TOBACCO FIRMS IN KOREA

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SEOUL: South Korea’s state health insurer said on Monday it had filed a lawsuit against three domestic and foreign tobacco makers, seeking damages of 53.7 billion won ($51.6 million) for payouts over smoking-related illnesses. The National Health Insurance Service said the suit, filed in Seoul’s district court, named Phillip Morris, British American Tobacco and South Korea’s largest tobacco firm KT&G. “Smoking is a serious issue affecting people, particularly the youth and women,” the agency said in a statement.

AFP

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