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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tobacco Companies Will Not Have To Admit They Lied

The dangers of cigarette smoking are apparent; there is no question that engaging in tobacco use of any kind can lead to a host health problems. It is also apparent that tobacco companies deceived the American public about the dangers for decades, despite clear scientific evidence to the contrary. Unfortunately, such companies will not have to own up to their lie.

On Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that tobacco companies do not have to inform consumers that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, the Associated Press reports. Tobacco companies will only be required to say that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction.

A battle, which began back in 1999, led to a ruling in 2006, according to the article. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that big tobacco violated civil racketeering laws by lying to the public about the dangers of smoking and their marketing to children. Last week, the appeals court overturned the ruling, stating that ads must focus on preventing future violations, rather than past misconduct.

The court approved statements written by Judge David Tatel stating that tobacco companies “intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive,” creating cigarettes with enough nicotine “to create and sustain addiction."

“While we are disappointed the appellate court rejected a preamble sentence in the corrective statements that a federal court had ruled the companies ‘deliberately deceived the American public,’ it is a strong victory for public health that today’s ruling rejected every other claim made by the tobacco companies and did not overturn any of Judge Kessler’s voluminous factual findings about the industry’s deception,” said Matthew Myers, President of the advocacy group Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in a statement.

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