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Cigarette Manufacturers Lose Case

May 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

A federal appeals court on May 22, 2009, agreed with the major elements of a 2006 landmark ruling that found the nation’s top tobacco companies guilty of racketeering and fraud for deceiving the public about the dangers of smoking.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington upheld requirements that manufacturers change the way they market cigarettes. The requirements, which have been on hold pending appeal, would ban labels such as “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light” or “mild,” since such cigarettes have been found to be no safer than others because of how people smoke them.

It also says the companies must publish “corrective statements” in newspapers and on their Web sites on the adverse health effects and addictiveness of smoking and nicotine.

Manufacturers who were defendants in the lawsuit were: Philip Morris, Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.; British American Tobacco Ltd.; Lorillard Tobacco Co. and Liggett Group Inc.

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