US Cigarette Companies Agree to Run “Corrective Statements” Beginning in November

The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch reports Altria, Reynolds American, and other U.S. cigarette companies reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday to run “corrective statements” on TV and in newspapers beginning in late November. Among the statements is: “Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans every day.” Murray Garnick, Altria’s executive vice president and general counsel, said in a statement that “this industry has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, including becoming regulated by the FDA, which we supported. We’re focused on the future and, with FDA in place, working to develop less risky tobacco products.” The companies are still discussing requirements to make corrective statements on their websites and packaging as mandated in a 2006 ruling by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler.

Tobacco companies to air “corrective statement” ads as part of DOJ settlement.

In continuing coverage, the Wall Street Journal reports that Altria Group Inc. and British American Tobacco PLC will run advertisements as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice over misleading statements made about cigarettes. The ads will begin as early as next month and air in prime time, five days a week, for one year.

The AP reports that the “court-ordered ‘corrective statements’” will include statements such as, “Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans every day,” and, “Smoking is highly addictive.”

Additional coverage is provided by the Winston-Salem (NC) Journal.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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