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FTC Acts to Prevent Tobacco Industry Deception About Tar, Nicotine Levels; Congress Should Give FDA Authority Over Tobacco Products
Date:11/26/2008

In an August 2006 ruling that the tobacco companies have violated civil racketeering laws, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler found that the tobacco company defendants "falsely marketed and promoted 'low tar' and 'light' cigarettes as less harmful than full-flavor cigarettes in order to keep people smoking and sustain corporate revenues."

Today's FTC action also provides important support for ongoing litigation to hold cigarette manufacturers accountable for the harm caused by their deceptive marketing of "light" and "low-tar" cigarettes. Class-action lawsuits have been filed in several state courts accusing cigarette manufacturers of fraudulently marketing "light" and "low-tar" cigarettes as safer than other cigarettes. The Altria Group Inc., parent company of Philip Morris, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court in a pending appeal to dismiss the state cases because the company acted on the basis of FTC regulation that preempts state law. The FTC and the U.S. Solicitor General filed a brief in the case urging the Supreme Court to reject Altria's appeal. The brief argued that the FTC "never gave affirmative endorsement to such descriptors, much less to their deceptive use."

More information on the FTC's action is available at:

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/11/cigarettetesting.shtm


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