Tobacco giants wins historic case against ex-smoker

House of Prince and Skandinavisk Holding off the hook

The Supreme Courts have ruled in favour of the Scandinavian tobacco giants House of Prince and Skandinavisk Holding in a historic case involving an ex-smoker.

Allan Lykke Jensen, an ex-smoker who puffed away for over 50 years, sued what was then called Skandinavisk Tobakskompagni ten years ago, accusing them of a number of irregularities, including adding a number of addictive substances to their cigarettes during production.

"I don't agree with the decision,” Jensen told TV2 News. "The companies knew that I would become ill smoking, and I vehemently disagree that Prince hasn't been misleading regarding the amount of tar and nicotine in each packet.”

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2 million kroner taxpayer bill
The Funen man contends that the tobacco producers cheated with their measurements so that there was actually more tar and nicotine in the cigarettes than was printed on the cigarette boxes.

Jensen, 67, initially demanded 53,000 kroner in compensation, but in December 2011, the Eastern High Court ruled he would not get compensation for the damage that the cigarettes had caused.

Jensen appealed the decision to the Supreme Court in 2012.

The state will foot the bill of the court costs, which have grown to over two million kroner over the past decade.