Big tobacco makes big confession in TV and newspaper ads
Starting this week, US tobacco companies must run court-ordered TV and newspaper ads telling the truth about their lethal products and how they deliberately deceived the public.
The ads are the culmination of a long-running lawsuit the US Department of Justice filed against Big Tobacco in 1999.
A federal court in 2006 ordered the companies to make these “corrective statements” after finding that they had violated racketeering laws and engaged in a decades-long conspiracy to deceive the public about the health effects of smoking and how they marketed it to children.
The ads will include corrective statements on five topics including the: