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Tobacco Companies Must Admit They Lied on Products, Ads

U.S. tobacco companies including Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA were told by a judge they must publish warnings with their products, in advertisements and on their websites saying they lied to the public about the health hazards of smoking.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington yesterday ruled on the text of so-called corrective statements proposed by the Justice Department. According to the ruling, one states: “Tobacco companies intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive.” Another says: “All cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease, heart attacks, and premature death.”