After a court ruling requiring tobacco companies to publish corrected statements regarding the dangers of smoking to one’s health, the time has come for the ruling to be upheld and the significance of this victory against US tobacco companies is detailed. The adds require the dangers of smoking to be highlighted in clear terms.
- Smoking kills an average 1,200 Americans daily — or 438,000 per year — US tobacco companies admitted Sunday in court-ordered “corrective statements” published in newspapers.
- The ad continued that “more people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol, combined,” with the last word highlighted.
- The industry has deliberately addicted millions of people with a product it knew would kill as many as half of them years before their time.
“”What this case has succeeded in doing is to finally force the tobacco industry to ’fess up to what it has known and done for the past 50 years,” said Cliff Douglas, director of the Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control.”