Federal update: TV & Newspaper Ads on Tobacco Industry Wrong Doing Launched this Weekend
In 1999, the Department of Justice sued the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers and tobacco trade organizations in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claiming civil fraud and racketeering violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act. On August 17, 2006, the tobacco companies were found guilty and ordered to pay the costs associated with the death and disease resulting from the use of their products, a portion of which needed to fund programs dedicated to helping individuals quit smoking and public education. They were also ordered to produce public corrective statements, which would correct previous statements made by the industry that were blatantly false.
After years of waiting, the original order will now be implemented. On November 26th, 2017, the tobacco industry started
running corrective statements. Find the full report here.