Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry has filed a $34 billion lawsuit against importers of cigarettes from international tobacco companies, including U.S. firms, for costs of medical treatment of smoking-related illnesses, the first such action in the Arab world and one of the world's biggest damage claims. The health and economic costs of tobacco-related illnesses in the kingdom total more than $1.3 billion a year, according to the health minister.
Saudi Arabia Sues Cigarette Importers for $34 Billion
The Associated Press
November 12, 2008