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Should Tobacco Companies Have to Admit They Deceived the People in Ads?

Is the publishing of "truth" ads by the tobacco companies a wise use of funding? Could it not be better used another way?

Last month tobacco companies were ordered by a federal judge to publish corrective statements admitting they lied about the dangers of smoking. The companies reportedly have to disclose the true dangers of smoking, including that it kills on average 1,200 people a day.

In a story in Time, it was reported that these statements have to be done in the form of ads that also say the tobacco companies, “deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking.” Other ads have to include statements that smoking kills more people than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined and that “secondhand smoke kills over 3,000 Americans a year.”

So is this a fair punishment for the tobacco companies for deceiving the American people for all those years? Also, do you think this it a wise use of the funding or could that money be better spent another way?

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Rick Paul December 27, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Should our government admit their lies and coverups?
Pam J December 28, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I assume that most people know how dangerous smoking is. It's like telling Coke and other soft drink companies that they have to put on their labels that the acid in their products can eat through battery cables. You should not be able to sue because you are not using the common sense that you were born with.
Tricia January 02, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Pam J, you are showing your young age. The tobacco companies use to advertise the health benefits of using their products. They even had posters of doctors recommending the health benefits of using certain brands. As the years passed and tobacco was exposed for the poison that it is, addiction was the problem. As most people know, addiction can overrule common sense.

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