Narrator: This is Science Today. One of the smallest major tobacco companies , Ligget Group Incorporated, recently settled 22 state lawsuits by admitting smoking is addictive. Public Health expert Wendy Max of the University of California, San Francisco says the states wanted to recoup the six billion dollars they spend on health care related to smoking.
Max: It wasnít their decision, they just had to foot the bill and so theyíre coming in as the third party, whoís been harmed by this and from a legal perspective, thatís I understand, very different.
Narrator: Max says the states based their lawsuits on findings in a national survey she helped put together.
Maxx: So, I found myself, along with some of my colleagues, right in the middle of this big legal battle which is very exciting itís a very exciting public health advance, we hope.
Narrator: Although Ligget Group will still manufacture Chesterfield, L&M and Lark cigarettes, they must now place labels on each pack warning smokers about the addictive qualities of nicotine. For Science Today, Iím Larissa Branin.