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Rothmans Inc.: Potential Smuggling Liability

On January 17, 2000, a special meeting of shareholders of Rothmans Inc. was held to discuss a plan to restructure the company’s ownership structure. A critical issue has yet to be discussed publicly: the potential liability that may exist for Rothmans as a result of cigarette smuggling into Canada in the early 1990s.

The Non-Smokers’ Rights Association has prepared an overview of this potential liability, based on publicly available documents from the millions of tobacco industry records now available on-line. A backgrounder on where these documents come from and how they can be accessed is also included.

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