In this episode, we’re talking about the corrective statement signs that tobacco companies are currently being required to post at the point of sale. These signs are part of the results of a court case decision from 2006 that convicted major tobacco companies of racketeering – for a decades-long conspiracy to deliberately mislead the public about the health risks of smoking and secondhand smoke and about the addictiveness of their deadly products. We’ll cover some background on what led to this requirement, what the requirements really are, and how tobacco prevention and control advocates can use this as an opportunity to work toward change. Listen below or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or LibSyn.
Update: Find the tip-line at tobaccosigntipline.com or text: 877-749-TIPS (8477); find a list tip-line FAQS and a list of participating retailers from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids page Corrective Statements: Opportunities for Action; and learn more in our podcast episode on the corrective statements at the point of sale.
- Read the full text of these court-ordered corrective statements and see images of all 17 point-of-sale signs.
- Read Judge Kessler’s final opinion and the court order
- History of the case:
- 23 Year History of the Racketeering Lawsuit Against the Tobacco Industry: Guilty of Deceiving the American Public, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
- United States vs. Philip Morris (1999), Public Health Law Center
- Timeline: United States v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al., Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
- U.S. Racketeering Verdict: Big Tobacco Guilty as Charged, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
- Department of Justice Lawsuit Against the Tobacco Industry, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
- More on the corrective statements at the point of sale:
- Media campaign: “Tobacco Stops With Me” Corrective Statement Media Campaign, Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Fund (TSET)