BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – A federal court ordered the tobacco industry to post "corrective statement" announcements in newspapers and on television declaring the truth about smoking.
The following corrective statements will begin to run throughout the Americas on the week of November 26 and will run continuously throughout most of 2018.
A. Adverse health effects of smoking
A federal court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard and Philip Morris USA make this statement about the effects of smoking on health.
Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans every day.
Every year more people die from smoking than from murders, AIDS, suicide, drugs, automobile accidents and alcohol, combined.
Smoking causes heart disease, emphysema, acute myeloid leukemia, and cancer of the mouth, esophagus, larynx, lungs, stomach, kidneys, bladder, and pancreas.
Smoking also causes reduced fertility, low birth weight in newborns and cervical cancer.
B. Addiction of smoking and nicotine
A federal court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard and Philip Morris USA make this claim about addiction to smoking and nicotine.
Smoking is highly addictive. Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco.
Cigarette companies intentionally designed cigarettes with enough nicotine to create and maintain addiction.
It is not easy to stop smoking. When you smoke, nicotine really changes the brain, that's why it's so hard to stop smoking.
C. Lack of significant health benefits from smoking "low tar", "light", "ultra light", "mild" and "natural" cigarettes
A federal court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard and Philip Morris USA make this claim about the low tar content and light cigarettes as harmful as ordinary cigarettes.
Many smokers switch to low-tar, lightweight cigarettes instead of quitting because they think that low-tar, lightweight cigarettes are less harmful. They are not.
Smokers of "low tar" and "light" cigarettes inhale essentially the same amount of tar and nicotine as they would with normal cigarettes.
All cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease, heart attacks and premature death: lights, low tar, ultra light and natural substances. There are no safe cigarettes
D. Manipulation of the design and composition of the cigarette to ensure optimal delivery of nicotine A federal court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard and Philip Morris USA to make this claim about the design of cigarettes to improve the supply of nicotine.
Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard and Philip Morris USA intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive.
Cigarette companies control the impact and supply of nicotine in many ways, including the design of filters and the selection of cigarette paper to maximize nicotine intake, add ammonia to make the cigarette taste less and control the physical and chemical composition of the tobacco mixture.
When you smoke, nicotine actually changes the brain; That's why it's so hard to stop smoking.
E. Adverse effects on health from exposure to secondhand smoke
A federal court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard and Philip Morris USA make this statement about the effects of secondhand smoke on health.
Secondhand smoke kills more than 38,000 Americans each year.
Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and coronary heart disease in adults who do not smoke.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma, and reduced lung function.
There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
For more information or to help you quit smoking, visit the Quit Smoking Trust at www.smokefreela.org; call 504-529-5665 or toll free at 855-259-6346.