Tobacco companies in legal trouble. Again.
A federal court found that the tobacco industry engaged in fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering. The same court ordered tobacco companies to place television and newspaper ads telling the truth about their deadly products – after decades of lies to you and me.
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. After 18 long years, the industry 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.
“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.
“More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol combined.
“There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”
These ads don’t make up for the 480,000 people tobacco kills in the U.S. every year – or the industry’s continued efforts to lure young people and stop tobacco control policies. But we need to make sure as many people see them and learn the truth as possible.
Click here to see the ads and share them on social media
Sample social posts on Facebook
Starting November 26, tobacco companies must run court-ordered TV and newspaper ads that tell the truth about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke. Why? Because a federal court found they engaged in a decades-long conspiracy to deceive the American people.
A federal court found tobacco companies lied about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke – and how they designed cigarettes to make them more addictive. Now the companies must run court-ordered TV and newspaper ads – called corrective statements – that tell the truth.
A federal court found that tobacco companies engaged in fraud, conspiracy and racketeering – all to deceive the American public about the health risks of smoking and secondhand smoke. Now they must run court-ordered TV and newspaper ads that tell the truth.
A federal court found that tobacco companies lied for decades about the dangers of secondhand smoke and ordered them to tell the truth in TV and newspaper ads. Their lies delayed efforts to enact smoke-free laws, and millions are still exposed to secondhand smoke. It’s time to make OUR community smoke-free.