Big Tobacco Companies

U.S. tobacco companies told a federal judge on Monday they should not be required to tell the public they manipulated nicotine to make cigarettes more addictive or that they have repeatedly lied about the health effects of light cigarettes.

The companies – including Altria Group Inc and Reynolds American Inc – have been fighting with the U.S. Justice Department for six years at the wording of the so-called “corrective statements”.

The statements are part of the company have to pay penalty after U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler, in the historic 2006 decision, found that the tobacco industry engaged in decades of fraud to deceive the public.

Label statements to run end up in the newspapers, on the packaging of cigarettes and other places.

The labels separately from those who work for the U.S. cigarette packaging for decades, and with the new graphic labels proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Although the decision Kessler found that companies manipulated nicotine and lied about the health effects – and the appeals court upheld its decision – companies maintain they did nothing wrong.

To get companies to advertise these findings would mean dissemination of messages they do not believe in the violation of the right words, Noel Francisco, a lawyer for several companies, said at a hearing Monday.

“Just because the court found, does not mean that it can cause us to say,” Francisco said Kessler. Statements must be purely factual and not controversial, he said.

Justice Department lawyer said the proposed factual allegations, founded in 2006, the decision Kessler, and that the public should know the extent of lying companies.

“Tobacco companies want these statements to be universal health warnings. They wanted these statements to be about their products and not about them,” said Daniel Ministry of Justice Crane-Hirsch.

Kessler said she will rule on the proposed wording “corrective statements” in the near future.

The dispute is the latest round in the legal fight between the government and the major cigarette makers dating to the Clinton administration.

In 1999 the Ministry of Justice of the lawyers of the accused companies operates fraud against Americans by denying or minimizing the impact of their products.

In a 1954 newspaper ad, for example, dismissed the experiments suggested a link between cancer and smoking. “We take the health of people as the main responsibility is paramount to any other consideration of our business,” said board.

Kessler ruled that the company violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, in 1970, the law is designed for use against organized crime.

She rejected the proposal of the Ministry of Justice that the companies pay billions for anti-smoking campaigns, but it does not prohibit them from using terms such as “low tar” or “light” cigarettes in marketing, and it requires them to do corrective statements to the public.

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