Gauloises cigarettes are of a French origin and they are a product of Imperial Tobacco. This brand of cigarettes was introduced with no filters, a rather strong and unique flavor and; they were smaller in size. In 1999 when this brand was manufactured by Seita, the French health insurance fund filed a law suit against four cigarette manufacturers, including Seita. The suit was filed to cover the costs for treating ailments due to cigarette smoking. This suit was followed by more suits, one by the family of a deceased person who was a heavy smoker and then by the French health state insurer. Gauloises brand of cigarettes were formerly being produced by Altadis and were manufactured outside France, in Spain. This movement was a result of the acquisition of Altadis by Imperial Tobacco whereby they decided to cut cost and move the production unit to Spain.