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Widow awarded $23.6 billion in lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds

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The woman’s husband started smoking when he was 13 years old and died of lung cancer when he was 36. (Source: CNN) The woman’s husband started smoking when he was 13 years old and died of lung cancer when he was 36. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - The widow of a man who died of lung cancer won a major lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

A Florida jury awarded Cynthia Robinson $23.6 billion in punitive damages. She sued the company, claiming it didn't warn people about the dangers of smoking.

Her husband started smoking when he was 13 years old and died of lung cancer when he was 36.

R.J. Reynolds, the makers of Camel and Pall Mall, calls it a "runaway verdict" and will appeal.

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