>I’m not a smoker, so this is not my dilemma, although I do commisserate with those who struggle with the addiction.
That said, is there anybody out there still who doesn’t know cigarettes are bad for you? Because this judge seems to be pretty surprised to find out that not only are cigarettes bad, but cigarette companies lied about how bad their products are.
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the nation’s top cigarette makers violated racketeering laws, deceiving the public for years about the health hazards of smoking, but said she couldn’t order them to pay the billions of dollars the government had sought.
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler did order the companies to publish in newspapers and on their Web sites “corrective statements” on the adverse health effects and addictiveness of smoking and nicotine.
She also ordered tobacco companies to stop labeling cigarettes as “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light” or “mild,” since such cigarettes have been found to be no safer than others because of how people smoke them.
*And no, these two ads aren’t old. These are the ads that are currently running for Camel Wides.