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November 2, 2006

D.C. Circuit Blocks Ban on "Light" Cigarette Advertising

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has blocked a federal trial judge's landmark August ruling that banned the advertising of "light," "low tar," "mild," or "ultra light" cigarettes.  The trial court also ordered the publication of "corrective statements" on the adverse health effects and addictiveness of smoking.  Judge Gladys Kessler's order was based on a finding that the cigarette companies had violated racketeering laws and conspired for decades to mislead the public about the health hazards of smoking.  The appellate court will consider arguments in the case at a later date.  See Matt Apuzzo's story for the Associated  Press.


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