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Athough there’s “little doubt” that smoking cigarettes causescancer and a slew of other health problems, a federal appeals court has ruled that unionhealth and welfare funds cannot prove the tobacco industry caused them to spend more moneyon health care for workers.

“The tortured path that one must follow from the tobacco companies’alleged wrongdoing to the Funds’ increased expenditures demonstrates that the plaintiffs’claims are precisely the type of indirect claims that the proximate cause requirement isintended to weed out,” Chief U.S. Circuit Judge Edward R. Becker wrote in SteamfittersLocal Union No. 420 Welfare Fund v. Philip Morris Inc.

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