Published: Oct 07, 2010 3:40 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 07, 2010 12:40 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - A jury decided that several tobacco companies are not responsible for causing a mans laryngeal cancer after he smoked cigarettes for about 37 years.

The jury deliberated and came to a decision Tuesday. This was the second trial for 70-year-old Jimmie Willis, who has a quarter-sized hole in his throat; an earlier hearing ended in a mistrial.

Jurors were asked whether to award compensatory damages to Willis, who has spent about $412,000 for surgeries and treatment for laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

A majority of the jurors outside the court room declined to comment on why they chose the verdict.