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Big Tobacco doesn’t want to admit wrongdoing

Companies told judge they don’t want to fess up to lying about nicotine and light cigarettes

Anyone who has ever seen “The Insider” has an opinion about how honest tobacco companies are. But still, when Big Tobacco told a federal judge that it didn’t want to admit to repeatedly lying to consumers, it wasn’t terribly shocking.

It all went down yesterday when cigarette makers Altria Group Inc. and Reynolds American Inc., among others, told U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler that they should not be required to tell the public that they manipulated nicotine levels to make cigarettes more addictive or that they lied about the negative health effects of light cigarettes.  


Cathleen Flahardy

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