BRIEF FILED ON BEHALF OF PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS ADVOCATING FOR CIGARETTE “CORRECTIVE STATEMENTS”

On behalf of the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, today we filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the long-running litigation against cigarette manufacturers for defrauding the American public for decades concerning the public health risks and addictiveness of cigarettes.  In the brief filed today, we argue that “corrective statements” approved by the federal district court – which must be included in cigarette packages, as well as in newspapers, on television, and in other forms of dissemination – telling the truth about the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused each year by cigarettes and their intentional design to addict smokers to deadly products, is an appropriate remedy for the cigarette manufacturers’ violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) and is fully consistent with the First Amendment.  A copy of the brief can be found here.