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RJ Reynolds told to pay wife of cancer victim $23.6bn

20 July 2014 Last updated at 05:33 BST

A US court has ordered the country's second largest cigarette company to pay $23.6 billion (£13.8bn) to the wife of a smoker who died of lung cancer.

RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company was hit with the punitive fine in addition to $16.8m (£9.8m) in compensatory damages.

Wendy Urquhart reports.