Smoker Believed Claims that Filtered Cigarettes Were Safer, Says Lawyer in Wrongful Death Suit
Philip Gerson tells jurors that Phyllis Frazier switched to filtered cigarettes because the tobacco industry had improperly marketed them as a safer product. Frazier, a decades-long smoker, underwent a lung transplant for smoking-related COPD. She died in 2012. Her daughter, Tina Russo, represented by Gerson is suing tobacco manufacturers Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds claiming her addiction to cigarettes led to her health issues.