Port Charlotte man suing tobacco companies for wife’s death

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.-The first tobacco trial in Charlotte County continues this week.

Donald McMannis, 82, of Port Charlotte is suing the country’s largest tobacco manufacturers, Philip Morris USA and RJ Reynolds Company, after his wife died of cancer in 1995 at the age of 59.

Family members say Barbara McMannis was addicted to cigarettes for most of her life.

On Monday, Dr. Robert Proctor, a tobacco expert and historian was on the stand.

If the jury find that the plaintiff’s wife did in fact die from cancer and that a smoking addiction contributed to her death, Donald will be entitled to a monetary award.

Closing arguments are expected to begin later this week.

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