Washington, Nov 22 (EFE). - The main tobacco companies of the USA will begin this Friday to publish announcements in 50 important newspapers to "correct" the deceitful affirmations that for years they did on the effects of smoking, an action that complies with a court order of 2006.
The US Department of Justice reported today in a statement of the imminent Avalanche of announcements that will fill the US media during the next year.
On Friday, 50 of the most important newspapers in the US, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post will begin publishing full-page ads that should "clarify" the public about the true effects of tobacco, details of the Department of Justice.
The publications in the newspapers will last for a period of four months.
Also, at the beginning of next week and for one year, chains TV ads across the country will broadcast those ads.
According to the Department of Justice, the ads will include some of these phrases: "smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans at day ";" smoking is highly addictive, nicotine is the drug that causes tobacco addiction "; and" tobacco companies intentionally designed cigarettes with sufficient nicotine to create and maintain that addiction. "
The process dates back to 1999, when Bill Clinton's government (1993-2001) accused the tobacco companies of conspiring to deceive the public about the risks of smoking and promoting tobacco use among adolescents with advertising campaigns that included cartoons.
The accusations were based on the special law against smoking. organized crime and corrupt organizations, called RICO by its acronym in English, and initially launched to combat groups like the mafia.
As part of that process, in 2006, the Court of the District of Columbia ordered the companies Altria, its subsidiary Philip Morris USA and R.J. the wrong perception that the public had for years about tobacco.
The order will begin to be fulfilled on Friday, with more than ten years of delay, due to the large amount of resources brought by the tobacco companies.