Wednesday, May 2, 2018

U.S. cigarette makers ordered to post warnings on packs, websites next month

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 U.S. cigarette manufacturers must begin posting warnings next month about the dangers of smoking on websites and product packaging, a federal court said.

The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday cigarette makers must place "corrective statements" on their sites beginning June 18 -- and on cigarette packs for two weeks at a time, for a total of twelve weeks over the next two years.

The labels address the dangers of smoking -- and include a statement that cigarettes are deliberately designed to create and sustain addiction.

As a result of a previous court order, the statements are also running on television five days a week on prime-time network television.

The black-and-white commercials say smoking causes as many as 1,200 deaths in the United States every day. They also say nicotine is designed to be highly addictive and light or low-tar smokes are just as harmful as the regular versions.

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