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Should Tobacco Companies Have to Admit They Deceived the People in Ads?

Is the publishing of "truth" ads by the tobacco companies a wise use of funding? Could it not be better used another way?

This week tobacco companies were ordered by a federal judge to publish corrective statements admitting they lied about the dangers of smoking. The companies reportedly have to disclose the true dangers of smoking, including that it kills on average 1,200 people a day.

In a story in Time, it was reported that these statements have to be done in the form of ads that also say the tobacco companies, “deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking.” Other ads have to include statements that smoking kills more people than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined and that “secondhand smoke kills over 3,000 Americans a year.”

So is this a fair punishment for the tobacco companies for deceiving the American people for all those years? Also, do you think this it a wise use of the funding or could that money be better spent another way?

Rosie Bretthauer-Mueller December 01, 2012 at 12:01 AM
http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/ Learn more about the deception of the tobacco industry here.
Tammy Osier December 01, 2012 at 12:52 AM
karsten, when coke first came out, it actually had cocaine in it. NO regulations back then - lol
Rosie Bretthauer-Mueller December 01, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Maybe Coke should have to admit that high fructose corn syrup is not happiness but is damaging to the body http://www.foodpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/HFCS_Rats_10.pdf
Mr. B December 01, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Chemically structured, high fructose corn syrup and sugar are equal. Even a dumbass Republican knows if you eat too much sugar, you will gain weight. So, what's your point? If you don't like Coke, don't drink it. If you don't want to gain weight from drinking Coke, don't drink a case a day without getting off the sofa. BTW, people are not rats. The studies don't correlate. Remember Saccharine? The studies that showed it caused cancer in rats would have required a person to use 800 times their body weight annually to get cancer.
Rosie Bretthauer-Mueller December 01, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Chemically they are identical, but there is growing evidence the body process HFCS differently as the fructose goes straight to the liver to be metabolized. My point is that industries need to be accountable for the products they bring to market in the same way that consumers are accountable for their choices in the marketplace. http://diabetes.webmd.com/news/20121127/high-fructose-corn-syrup-diabetes http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2695593 http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/ http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100322204628.htm http://www.metabolismjournal.com/article/S0026-0495(11)00315-5/abstract

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