Secondhand Smoke Suit Asks $650 Million

Associated Press

The family of a Mississippi man who died of lung cancer a week ago is suing the tobacco industry for $650 million, claiming secondhand smoke caused his death.

The suit alleges that Burl Butler, a nonsmoker, contracted lung cancer after inhaling tobacco smoke at the barber shop he ran for 35 years in Laurel, Miss., a rural community located about 100 miles southeast of Jackson.

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