A U.S. judge has ordered tobacco companies to “stop lying.” He wants them to pay for a public campaign that would lay out “past deception” over smoking risks. The companies can (and hopefully will!) appeal the decision.
The ruling would force companies to run public service announcements, featuring “corrective statements” such as:
- Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans every day.
- Tobacco companies intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive.
This marks just one more cowardly attack in the government’s all-out War on Tobacco. When will alcohol, junk food and other ‘vices’ receive the same treatment? Every politician out there knows it will never happen. So why the constant vilification of tobacco?
Every citizen should take careful note of the lawmakers who support this and other tobacco regulations. Vote them out of office. Send them a clear message that tobacco-lovers will vigorously defend their (still legal!) rights.