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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: November 29th, 2012
Finally, the tobacco industry gets spanked

A U.S. federal court judge ordered tobacco companies to pay for ads acknowledging they lied about the health dangers of smoking, according to Reuters. And here’s what those ads will say:

“Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans. Every day.”

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

“More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol, combined.”

“Cigarette companies intentionally designed cigarettes with enough nicotine to create and sustain addiction.”

“When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain – that’s why quitting is so hard.”

According to ruling, those statements must begin with words declaring that a federal court ruled the tobacco companies “deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking, and has ordered those companies to make this statement. Here is the truth.”

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