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R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was denied a new trial or judgment as a matter of law after a 37-year-old smoker with larynx cancer was awarded $11,952,539 against it on claims of strict liability and negligence. The "heightened addictive properties of Salem Kings, the heightened level of tar they produced, coupled with the heavy smoking" of the plaintiff, who started as a teenager, "permitted the jury to find that her injuries were a result of smoking Salem Kings."
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