Recovery of tobacco-related health care costs
The Québec government sues tobacco product manufacturers for
over $60 billion
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec, Jean-Marc Fournier, and the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Yves Bolduc, have announced that the Québec government will take legal action against tobacco product manufacturers to recover tobacco-related health care costs.
The amount claimed is over $60 billion, representing the Québec government’s related expenditure since the establishment of the Québec health insurance plan and future expenditure up to 2030.
The prosecution is based on the Tobacco-Related Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act , passed by a unanimous vote of the National Assembly in June 2009.
For more information
Press release, June 8, 2012 (in French)
Excerpts from the motion (in French, 460Kb)
Motion in full (in French, 1,08 Mb)