A federal judge has ordered tobacco companies to publicly admit to lying about the dangers of smoking.
(Image source: Wikimedia Commons ) BY NICHOLE CARTMELL ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY Cigarette packages are already required to have a health warning, but after a ruling in Washington, tobacco companies might have to disclose even more information. Here’s Good Morning America . “A federal judge in Washington has ordered the major cigarette makers to take out ads in which they publicly admit to lying about the dangers of of smoking.” News 12 New Jersey says the court wants Americans to know they have been deliberately deceived. Here’s a look at what cigarette consumers might see in new advertisements and package warnings. "Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 americans. every day." (FLASH) and..."When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain - that's why quitting is so hard." According to CNN , this lawsuit and several others are part of a two-decade federal and state conflict with big tobacco companies. CNN says these lawsuits are attempts to force tobacco companies to limit advertising, and settle billions of dollars in state and private class-action suits concerning the health dangers of smoking. Six years ago, Federal Judge Gladys Kessler accused tobacco companies of racketeering, ordering for tougher warning labels and truthful language in their marketing. But no decision had been made about the wording of these labels until now. For the court, the goal is truth. But the Advertisement Journal explains tobacco companies aren’t fans of this idea, and are likely to appeal the ruling. “Tobacco companies have claimed that the statements are like ‘forced public confessions.’ And designed to ‘shame and humiliate’ them. They said that it would be better that the statements spoke about the health effects and addictive traits of smoking.” According to the Advertisement Journal, talks between tobacco companies and the Justice Department will be held to discuss how to best implement the ruling.