Jury: $37.5M to family of smoker who died of lung cancer

In this Aug. 2, 2011 photo, a French tourist from Marseille smokes a cigarette at La Ciotat beach near Marseille, southern France. A small town in Provence has found an unusual way to attract more vacationing families to its sun-drenched white sand beach: ban smoking from one stretch of its Mediterranean sea front, eliminating the cigarette butts dropped by careless smokers that find their way into children's' sand castles or worse, mouths.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Jacques Brinon

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. R.J. Reynolds says it will appeal a Florida jury's decision to award $37.5 million in damages to the family of a smoker who died of lung cancer in 1995.

Laura Grossman, of South Florida, died at age 38.

The verdict includes $22.5 million in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds .

Attorneys for the Grossman family argued that as a teenager, Grossman was targeted by tobacco companies.

R.J. Reynolds' lawyers said Grossman knew the dangers of smoking because cigarettes had warning labels when she started.

The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict. That ruling also said smokers and their families needed only prove addiction and that smoking caused their illnesses or deaths.