Feds Tell Big Tobacco to Run Ad Campaigns Saying They Lied

The U.S. Justice Department wants big cigarette manufacturers to admit that they lied about the dangers of smoking.  This would force the industry to set up and pay for an advertising campaign apologizing for their past behavior.

The move comes as part of a 12-year-old lawsuit against the tobacco industry.  The government released 14 "corrective statements".

MSNBC reports:

“One ‘corrective’ statement says: ‘A federal court is requiring tobacco companies to tell the truth about cigarette smoking. Here's the truth: ... Smoking kills 1,200 Americans. Every day.’  Another of the government's proposed statements begins: ‘We falsely marketed low tar and light cigarettes as less harmful than regular cigarettes to keep people smoking and sustain our profits.’”

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