This is a legal case going back to the previous century.
Waaaay back in 2006, a federal judge ordered Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds to take out full-page newspaper ads admitting they lied for decades about the dangers of its products, and that ruling came as a result of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department in 1999.
Because of various appeals, etc., Big Tobacco has managed to avoid taking out these ads for years and years. This is actually something Big Tobacco excels at — keeping shit tied up in court for decades. But, now all their appeals have been exhausted and the reckoning day is here.
So, these ads, which will appear in major newspapers across the U.S. in Sunday papers on Nov. 26 will have been in the works for 18 years. You may also see some ads on TV because of the same court ruling.
R.J. Reynolds, father of Joe Camel, estimates the ads will cost them $20 million. A pretty small drop in the bucket for the billions in profits RJR and Philip Morris have made in the past 18 years.
(I will have to pick up a Seattle Times on Nov. 26 to see if one of these ads appears there)
The full-page ads will address these four topics:
- The adverse health effects of smoking.
- Addictiveness of smoking and nicotine.
- Lack of significant health benefit from smoking “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light,” “mild” and “natural’ cigarettes.
- Manipulation of cigarette design and composition to ensure optimum nicotine delivery.
- Adverse health effect of exposure to secondhand smoke
The secondhand smoke one suprised me a bit, since this became an issue way after 1999 (and 2006 for that matter). I can’t wait to see the ad.