Tobacco companies must issue public statements that address the dangers of smoking and reveal that cigarette makers lied for years about their product, says a federal judge in Washington, DC.
District Judge Gladys Kessler this week rejected claims from the tobacco companies that portions of the so-called “corrective statements” violated their First Amendment rights. The corrective statements were first ordered in 2006, when Big Tobacco lost its long court battle to defend itself against charges that it had covered up the proven dangers of smoking. The defendants included R.J. Reynolds, Phillip Morris (Altria) and Lorillard.
Attorneys for the federal government and the tobacco companies proposed their own corrective statements, with Kessler deciding on the final versions.