Philip Morris USA Inc and other tobacco makers must say on cigarette packages that they’re “intentionally designed” to ensure addiction, a Washington federal appeals court said. The companies, however, don’t have to say they lied about the dangers of smoking. That’s the decision of a Washington-based appeals court Friday in a 15-year-old racketeering case. The U.S. claims Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA unit and eight other cigarette manufacturers conspired to hide the health consequences and addictiveness of cigarettes. Friday’s ruling by the Washington-based court came in the fifth appeal to be filed since the case was brought.
In its decision, the three-judge panel said the lower court overstepped its authority by requiring tobacco makers to include a statement saying a U.S. court found they deliberately deceived the public about the health effects of second-hand smoke. The statement reveals “nothing about cigarettes” and focuses instead on the companies’ conduct, the court ruled. “We are gratified that the appellate court struck down the preamble to each proposed communication, which was the critical part of the appeal,” Brian May, a spokesman for Richmond, Virginia-based Altria, said in an e-mail. “The court correctly found that the preamble violated federal law by focusing on past conduct, instead of the health consequences.” Read full article
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