Norma Broin

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Norma Broin was the lead Plaintiff in the class action case of Broin v. Philip Morris. Norma Broin was a nonsmoking flight attendant who was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung caused by exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in her enclosed work environment of airplanes cabins.

Norma Broin v. Philip Morris, et al. was the first class-action lawsuit to address the effects of secondhand smoke on non-smokers. Twenty-five former flight attendants on behalf of over 60,000 class-action plaintiffs sued eight tobacco companies, claiming that they got smoking-related illnesses by inhaling secondhand smoke, or Environmental tobacco smoke from passengers when airlines allowed smoking on board airplanes. The plaintiffs sought about $5 billion in damages.


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