Deal Reached on Tobacco Firm Corrective Statements

, The Associated Press


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department have reached an agreement on publishing corrective statements that say the companies lied about the dangers of smoking and requires them to disclose smoking's health effects.

A federal judge in 2012 ordered the industry to pay for corrective statements in various advertisements.

But the parties were to meet to discuss how to implement the statements, including whether they would be put in inserts with cigarette packs and on websites, TV and newspaper ads.

The agreement announced Friday outlines those details, including full-page ads in the Sunday editions of 35 newspapers plus prime-time TV spots on CBS, ABC and NBC for a year.

It also details what statements will be published on tobacco company websites and affixed to cigarette packs.

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