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Brazil is following the U.S. and Canada in taking on Big Tobacco, becoming the first country in Latin America to sue cigarette makers over the financial toll of smoking.

Brazil’s attorney general’s office, known as the AGU, last week sued the two largest cigarette manufacturers in the country — Philip Morris Internationaland British American Tobacco — to cover the costs of treating patients with 26 tobacco-related diseases over the past five years. The AGU said it is seeking reimbursement for those costs as well as future costs.