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U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms 2006 Lower Court Ruling That Tobacco Companies Committed Fraud for Five Decades and Lied About the Dangers of Smoking
Date:5/22/2009

paign for Tobacco-Free Kids, to be intervenors in the case. The Appeals Court found that intervention by the public health groups was necessary to protect the public interest because the federal government had substantially altered the remedies it had previously sought.

We are disappointed that the Court of Appeals did not sanction additional remedies sought by public health groups including countermarketing campaigns and smoking cessation programs paid for by the tobacco companies.

Today's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals represents a dramatic victory for public health and an emphatic condemnation of the tobacco industry and its behavior. The fact that the Appeals Court ruled unanimously is very important because it leaves little room for the tobacco companies to appeal.

The Appeals Court decision also demonstrates the importance of legislation pending before the U.S. Senate to authorize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate the tobacco industry. The FDA tobacco bill passed the House in April and was approved 15-8 by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on May 20 and sent to the full Senate for consideration. The Senate should quickly pass the bill and rein in a tobacco industry that has demonstrated over and over that it cannot be trusted.


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