This is a pretty big deal!
A federal judge has decided that tobacco companies will have to publish corrective statements saying that they lied about the dangers of smoking!
They'll have to basically run ads saying they're liars and that smoking is actually worse for you than they've previously let on.
Smoking kills 1,200 people a day! We'd be interested to see what spin they can try and put on that!
Each company will have to say that they:
"[…] deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking."
There are many specific things that the companies are going to have to say, and they are things they don't want the public to hear.
Just a few of them are:
“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.”
“Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and coronary heart disease in adults who do not smoke.”
“Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma and reduced lung function.”
“There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”
We're so glad someone was finally able to take on big tobacco!
Hopefully people will take the warnings more seriously now that the tobacco companies have to admit they lied.
Would you buy an unsafe product from a company who just told you they've been lying to you for decades??
We hope not!
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