Judge Orders Tobacco Firms to Admit They Lied
Companies will have to pay for ads to that effect
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2012 4:55 PM CST
A smoker puffs away in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

(Newser) – A federal judge today ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking. US District Judge Gladys Kessler previously had said she wanted the industry to pay for the statements in various types of advertisements, the result of a case brought in 1999. But today's ruling is the first time she's laid out what they will say. Each is to be prefaced by a statement that a federal court has concluded that tobacco companies "deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking." Among the required statements are that smoking kills more people than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol combined, and that "secondhand smoke kills over 3,000 Americans a year." Examples:

  • "Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans. Every day."
  • "Defendant tobacco companies intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive."
  • "When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain—that's why quitting is so hard."
  • "All cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease, heart attacks and premature death—lights, low tar, ultra lights and naturals. There is no safe cigarette."

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Aug 30, 2013 7:13 PM CDT
I won't kiss a woman who smokes. I won't kiss a woman with false teeth who smokes. I don't do anal. Certain areas of our bodies are designed for certain functions that need to be respected. I am 72 years old and have my original teeth minus two. Brush daily. Definitely at night before bed. If you don't brush at night, the food particles as miniscule as they may be, will turn to feces (shit) by morning. If you smoke in the morning, you are inhaling fecal matter into your lungs along with the nicotine. Fecal matter in your lungs may have something to do with lung cancer....or throat cancer. Simply, your breath smells like shit. Instead of a napkin, you may try toilet paper. Charmin. Yes it does smell so gross. It gets in your clothes, in your car, in your curtains. Don't you think that after Decades of smoking, that you deserve a $Million dollar rebate? 1492
Nov 28, 2012 7:14 AM CST
Judge Kessler is obviously not qualified to serve as a judge. It is clear that her demands are nonsense. For example: "All cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease, heart attacks and premature death." I do not smoke, and I do not support smoking, but there are hundreds of thousands of persons who smoke who do not contract cancer or lung disease, do not have heart attacks, or die prematurely. These practices increase the likelihood of such events, but they are not causes. An ignorant ruling.
Nov 28, 2012 5:24 AM CST
Now it would be interesting for the government to admit it has lied and grossly exaggerated the harmful effects of marijuana for years. What was more likely to ruin your life, smoking pot, or being caught up in the war on drugs legal system for smoking pot? The negative effects of the punishment far exceed the negative effects of the plant. And the reason more people don't vote to legalize is because they have been filled with lies from our government about how dangerous marijuana is for years and years.