Federal Judge: Tobacco Firms Must Admit Lies

Major tobacco companies have been ordered by a federal judge to admit they lied about the dangers of cigarettes -- and use their own money to pay for the public advertising campaign. The ruling sets out what might be the harshest sanction to come out of a case that the Justice Department brought in 1999 accusing the tobacco companies of racketeering. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler wrote that the new advertising campaign would be an appropriate counterweight to the companies' "past deception" dating to at least 1964. The advertisements are to be published in various media for as long as two years.

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