Narrator: This is Science Today. A major tobacco companyís six billion dollar settlement with 22 states over the cost of smoking-related illnesses set a legal precedent. But Dr. Stanton Glantz of the University of California, San Francisco says while the settlement sounds like a lot of money...
Glantz: It really isnít. Because the tobacco industry causes about 50 billion dollars a year in medical costs, and another 50 billion dollars a year in lost wages. 0:11
Narrator: Glantz, the author of The Cigarette Papers, a national expose on the tobacco industry, says although cigarette makers usually outgun plaintiffs in court, the public should continue litigation.
Stanton: I would expect the industry will win some, I would expect that the public will win some, but rather than having one, big blow-out, it should continue on in an incremental manner where the individual cases go to trial or settle out. But the kind of arrangements that have been proffed so far are good deals for the industry, it would cost it some money, but it wouldnít fundamentally change things. 0:26
Narrator: For Science Today, Iím Larissa Branin