YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) The Yokohama District Court on Wednesday dismissed a damages suit filed by three former smokers who argued they have developed health problems, including lung cancer, because Japan Tobacco Inc. has sold cigarettes despite acknowledging their harmfulness and the state has not imposed significant regulations on distribution.

“It cannot be said that JT recognizes it would lead the general public to develop diseases and die if it continues producing and selling (cigarettes),” presiding Judge Kunio Mizuno said.

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