Big Tobacco Ordered to Admit Deception

    Cartons of cigarettes sit on shelves at Discount Smoke Shop Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Ballwin, Mo. Proposition B, on the Missouri ballot Nov. 6, would funnel nearly $300 million annually for statewide public K-12 and higher education, as well as to smoking cessation programs while raising the tax from 17 to 90 cents on a packet of cigarettes. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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    Big tobacco has deceived the American people, and now they must apologize. That was the decision of a federal judge Tuesday, who ordered cigarette companies to take out advertisements acknowledging that they knowingly deceived the public about the dangers of cigarettes by promoting their low-tar and light varieties as less harmful. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler rejected the companies’ argument that forcing them to run the ads was a violation of their free-speech rights. “The government regularly requires wrongdoers to make similar disclosures in a number of different contexts,” wrote Kessler.

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