A federal court found that the tobacco industry engaged in fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering.

 

BIG NEWS: A federal court found that the tobacco industry engaged in fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering. And it ordered them to run television and newspaper ads telling the truth about their deadly products - after decades of lies to the American people.


 


This victory is the result of a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice with the help of the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund and partners.

The industry fought us in court for 18 years. They ended their appeals this year. Now, the ads will finally run in about 50 newspapers and for a year on the major television networks.

Here's a very small sample of what the ads say:

Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive.

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Many smokers switch to low tar and light cigarettes rather than quitting because they think low tar and light cigarettes are less harmful. They are not.

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More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol combined.

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There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Source: tobaccofreekids.org