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For the cigarette industry, March came in like a lion, turned lamb-like and then roared again at month’s end. First, a San Francisco woman got a $51 million verdict for her terminal lung cancer. Then a jury in Ohio ruled that the industry is not liable to the state’s unions for smoking-related health care costs. Last, a jury in Oregon handed down an $81 million verdict for the death of a true-blue-in-the-face Marlboro smoker. Of course, it’s anyone’s guess how much the Emirs of Emphysema will ever have to really cough up.

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