Columbia judge orders tobacco firms to admit “fraudulently denying” harms of smoking

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8205
  1. Edward Davies
  1. 1New York

A federal judge has ordered tobacco companies to publish a series of statements admitting that they denied the dangers of smoking.

In a damning conclusion Gladys Kessler, of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, said, “The evidence in this case clearly establishes that Defendants have not ceased engaging in unlawful activity . . . For example, most Defendants continue to fraudulently deny the adverse health effects of …

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