Jul 30 2012

Federal appeals court rejects tobacco industry

Published by at 11:31 am under Smoking facts,Tobacco news

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today issued a victory for public health, rejecting tobacco industry’s attempts to avoid any corrective action, despite the judgment that they violated the laws of civil racketeering and deceived the American people for decades. The court rejected the tobacco companies’ argument is false, that no tools are required by the court because the 2009 federal law that provides authority for the FDA does not allow the tobacco industry in violation of racketeering laws in the future. Today’s ruling is an important step for storing the tobacco industry accountable for decades of deception and death to prevent such deception in the future.

The court rightly concluded that, given the tobacco companies’ long history of violation of legal restrictions on their behavior, there is no reason to assume that they will abide by the law in the future. The court noted that “the” history of non-compliance of various legal requirements, and concluded that U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled correctly “in the search for accused defendants'” is still displayed a reasonable likelihood of future RICO violations”.

This decision opens the way for a judge Kessler to move quickly in implementing the remedies the ordered in 2006, when it issued its landmark judgment on the fact that tobacco companies are racketeers who are engaged in a long-term conspiracy to deceive the American public and target children of their deaths and exciting products. Judge Kessler requires tobacco companies to make corrective statements about the health risks of smoking and secondhand smoke and deceptive practices through newspaper and television advertising on their Web sites and on cigarette packages. She also ordered tobacco companies to report marketing data annually by the Government, extended and expanded current requirements that the cigarette manufacturers to publish their internal documents in the trial, and forbade us to commit acts of racketeering or false, misleading or deceptive statements about cigarettes and their health risks in the future.

In a dissenting opinion, the court upheld Judge Kessler’s claim that the tobacco companies to disclose marketing information of the government.

Six health care organizations are parties to the case: the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and Americans for smoking “rights, the African American National Tobacco Prevention Network and the Tobacco-Free Kids of the Fund.

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