Starting today, some of the largest United States tobacco companies have been ordered by a Federal Court to widely publish Corrective Statements in the American media over a period of 12 months.
This follows nearly two decades of legal action in the US.
To coincide with the commencement of the court-ordered advertising in the US, our Make Smoking History team have launched a campaign to inform West Australians that in the US, tobacco companies are being forced to admit the health effects of their products and that they intentionally designed cigarettes to enhance the delivery of nicotine.
More specifically, the campaign includes several important corrective statements that relate to the adverse health effects of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, and will highlight corrective court-ordered messages, such as:
- ‘More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol, combined.'
- ‘Cigarette companies control the impact and delivery of nicotine in many ways, including designing filters and selecting cigarette paper to maximize the ingestion of nicotine, adding ammonia to make the cigarette taste less harsh, and controlling the physical and chemical make-up of the tobacco blend.'
We believe that West Australians deserve to know what the US tobacco companies are required to say in the American media. You can view our Make Smoking History advertisement below:
Where can I get further information about the court-ordered ‘corrective statements'?
- The text of court-ordered corrective statements: United States v. Philip Morris USA Inc.
- A summary of the "Agreement Reached on Implementing Corrective Statements in U.S.
- Links to all legal cases, United States v. Phillip Morris USA et al.
How is this being reported in the American news media?
Where can I learn more about Make Smoking History?