Philip Morris faces class action suit over light cigarettes

Smokers say tobacco maker mislabeled packages

Monday marked the beginning of the trial for a class action lawsuit in which Missouri smokers accuse tobacco company Philip Morris USA Inc. of falsely labeling its light cigarettes.  

The plaintiffs claim that although the company’s Marlboro Light cigarettes were advertised to contain lower levels of tar and nicotine, they were made with the same tobacco as regular cigarettes. The mislabeling could have led smokers to compensate for the lower advertised nicotine level by inhaling more deeply.

Danielle Feinstein

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