BOSTON, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire USNewswire/ The following is being released by the law firm of Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP.

A class action lawsuit has been brought against Philip Morris. The lawsuit seeks to have Philip Morris pay for medical monitoring in the form of a low dose computed tomography (CT) scan. Medical monitoring is a potentially life saving screening technique, which can often detect lung cancer at an early stage, greatly increasing the chances of survival.

The Court ordered this notice and decided that this case should be a class action. There are no benefits available now and no guarantee that there will be.

About the Case The lawsuit claims that Philip Morris designed, marketed, and sold Marlboro cigarettes that delivered excessive and dangerous level of carcinogens, cancer causing substances, in violation of Massachusetts state law. This lawsuit does not include current or future personal injury claims involving smoking related diseases. Philip Morris denies these claims and denies it did anything wrong. The lawyers for the Class will have to prove their claims in Court.

Who is Included Class Members include residents of Massachusetts as of February 26, 2013 who

  • Are 50 years of age or older
  • Have a smoking history equal to at least a pack a day of Marlboro cigarettes for 20 years (e.g., one pack a day for 20 years two packs a day for 10 years a half pack a day for 40 years)
  • Currently smoke Marlboro cigarettes, or quit smoking Marlboro cigarettes on or after December 14, 2005
  • Have not been diagnosed with lung cancer and a doctor does not suspect that you have lung cancer as of the date of any judgment entered, or relief obtained, in this lawsuit and
  • Have smoked Marlboro cigarettes within Massachusetts.

Law Firm Representing the Class The Court has appointed Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP, as well as Thornton & Naumes, LLP Arrowood Peters, LLP and Todd & Weld, LLP, to represent the Class as “Class Counsel.” You do not have to pay anyone to participate. Instead, the attorneys will seek an award of fees and costs from the Court, to be paid by Philip Morris, or out of a fund created for the Class, if one becomes available. You may hire your own lawyer to appear in Court for you, but if you do, you have to pay that lawyer.

Class Member Options

Stay in the Class Class Members do not need to do anything to stay in the Class. Class Members will be notified about how to ask for medical monitoring if benefits are obtained. Remaining in the Class will not prevent Class Members from bringing a lawsuit against Philip Morris for damages in the event that they contract cancer or another condition as a result of smoking.

Get out of the Class Class Members who want to keep your rights to sue Philip Morris on their own over the claims in this case need to exclude themselves by mailing a letter to the address below stating that they do not want to be included in this lawsuit. However, Class Members who exclude themselves will not get medical monitoring from this lawsuit if it is awarded. The deadline to ask for exclusion is August 19, 2013.

Get More Information More information can be found at , by calling toll free 1 877 625 9419, or by writing to Massachusetts Tobacco Litigation, PO Box 2437, Faribault, MN 55021 9137. Class Members can also register to receive future updates about the case on the website.

SOURCE Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP

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This study examines what Marlboro Lights smokers know about the health risks of low tar cigarettes compared with regular cigarettes, and whether they know that the filters of Marlboro Lights cigarettes have vents.

The study used data from a survey of 1,046 adult U.S. smokers, 197 of whom (19 percent) smoked Marlboro Lights, the most popular brand in the survey. Only 13 percent of these smokers knew that a low tar cigarette delivers about the same amount of tar as a regular cigarette. Only 32 percent knew that their cigarette filters contain vents, which facilitate deeper inhaling and cool the smoke to give it a lighter feeling in the mouth. Sixty two percent thought that adding a filter to a cigarette makes it less dangerous to smoke, while 60 percent thought that reducing tar in a cigarette made it less dangerous. About 15 percent thought that light cigarettes were less likely than regular cigarettes to lead to addiction.

The authors note that Marlboro Lights smokers are for the most part misinformed or uninformed about the health risks of light cigarettes. They also note that smokers of other light or ultra light brands do not know significantly more than Marlboro Lights smokers about the health risks of light cigarettes. The authors indicate that cigarette marketing reinforces perceptions that light cigarettes are safer, and suggest remedial public education as well as an overhaul of current cigarette marketing tactics.