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Big Tobacco's Court-Ordered Ads Make Their Debut
Newspaper and prime time TV advertisements are beginning in the US today that detail the medical toll that smoking exacts on its victims. The ads are paid for by big tobacco based on a court order from 2006 that has finally survived the appeal process. A spokesperson for one of the companies stated that they hope to "develop less risky tobacco products." The ads emphasize that smoking causes nearly 500,000 deaths annually in the US.