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A federal appeals court has upheld a $28 million judgment against cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds in a lawsuit filed by a Connecticut smoker who got cancer.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York also ruled Friday that the case will be sent back to the trial court to see if the company must pay additional damages.

Norwich resident Barbara Izzarelli sued the Winston-Salem, NC-based company in 1999 after surviving laryngeal cancer.

She smoked the company’s Salem Kings cigarettes for 25 years and had her larynx removed at age 36.


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