UK: Ex-tobacco salesman given free cigarettes as perk of job & suffering from cancer to sue British American Tobacco

Author: Jane Dalton, Independent (UK), Published on: 26 April 2019

"Tobacco salesman given 1,200 free cigarettes a month has inoperable lung cancer", 25 Apr 2019

A former tobacco salesman who was given free cigarettes as a perk of the job and now has inoperable lung cancer is hoping to sue his ex-employer.

Lawyers say they are also looking at bringing other cases against British American Tobacco (BAT) on behalf of former employees.

Simon Neale, 57, was given 1,200 cigarettes a month to give away or use, becoming a regular and heavy smoker while he worked for Rothmans, which later merged with BAT...

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), said tobacco executives knew of the dangers of smoking...

Lawyer Richard Meeran, of Leigh Day, acting for Mr Neale, said: “We believe that giving employees huge quantities of highly addictive, powerfully cancer-causing cigarettes, free of charge, and placing them in a work environment in which they are encouraged to smoke, is a flagrant breach of an employer’s duty of care.”

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Related companies: British American Tobacco Philip Morris International Rothmans, Benson & Hedges (part of Philip Morris International)