CANADA'S three big tobacco firms, Rothmans Benson & Hedges Inc., JTI-Macdonald Corp. and Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. are involved in a lawsuit in the Quebec Superior Court to challenge the country's federal Tobacco Act that the companies claim infringes their constitutional right of freedom of expression with regard to the advertising of cigarettes. The 1997 Act regulates the manufacture, sale, labelling and promotion of tobacco products. The case is expected to last until next autumn.

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