Target: Judge Gladys Kessler
Goal: Applaud decision to make tobacco companies publish corrective statements about the dangers of smoking
Gladys Kessler, a federal judge, ordered the tobacco industry to pay for anti-smoking advertisements that apologize for “deliberately deceiving the American public about the health effects of smoking.” In order to reach the largest possible audience, these advertisements will be featured in various forms of media.
Jude Kessler determined that the largest cigarette companies worked together to conceal information about the dangers of smoking long before the information was widely available. Concealing this information endangered countless people who may have decided to quit if they understood the risks.
The advertisements include an apology from the tobacco companies, and detailed information about the dangers and addictiveness of smoking. These disclosures will include the daily death toll attributed to smoking, which has climbed to 1,200 people a day.
Opponents of the judge’s decision stated that the tobacco companies were being forced into “public confessions.” Judge Kessler countered this argument by saying that there were enough explicit findings to determine that the companies perpetrated fraud.
Many tobacco companies have continued to lie about the addictiveness of smoking, and the extreme health impacts that tobacco use has. Sign the petition below, and thank Gladys Kessler for taking a stand against the tobacco companies, and for finally making them take responsibility for years of lies and deception.
Dear Judge Kessler,
Thank you for ordering the tobacco companies to take responsibility for their fraudulent and deceptive advertisements. Hundreds of people die from smoking every day, and it is high time that was acknowledged.
The tobacco companies’ continued denial and suppression of information could have contributed to much smoking related death. Hopefully, an apology from the tobacco companies will encourage more people to quit smoking, or will prevent them from starting.
[Your Name Here]
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