Tobacco Companies Ordered to Tell the Truth

Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered tobacco companies to “come clean with the truth” by running advertisements and publishing statements explaining that they’d “deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking.”

This is a pretty big win for anti-smoking enthusiasts and will help raise public awareness about these tobacco companies. Obviously, everyone already knows that smoking kills – or at least one hopes they do. But not everyone realizes just how much we were deceived by false claims and cover-ups about the extent of harm caused by smoking. Though at this point it probably won’t make much of a difference, maybe it will anger a few smokers enough to have them make the switch to e-cigarettes and kick their tobacco habit for good.

Here are a few other statements that tobacco companies will have to make:

“When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain – that’s why quitting is so hard.” (Anyone who’s ever smoked can attest to this!)

“Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and coronary heart disease in adults who do not smoke.” (This one’s my favorite, so many people don’t realize just how much harm their smoking can do to others.)

“Defendant tobacco companies intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive.” (Despicable.)

“Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans every day.” (Too bad they don’t have to give the worldwide average of <INSERT GLOBAL AVERAGE HERE>.)

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