A confession 53 years too late

The U.S. Surgeon General warned that smoking was dangerous in 1964. 53 years later, Big Tobacco admitted what they knew all along: smoking isn’t just dangerous, it’s deadly. But, of course, only after a federal court ordered them to do so. At the end of 2017 (11 years after the court ruling), they released an incredibly low-budget video admitting that smoking kills. They didn’t want anyone to see it. So, we made our own edit using some of the biggest stars of Big Tobacco’s golden age to make sure that people would want to see it.

The Corrective Statement

A Federal Court has ordered Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA to make this statement about the health effects of smoking. Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans every day. More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol combined. Smoking causes heart disease, emphysema, acute myeloid leukemia, and cancer of the mouth, esophagus, larynx, lung, stomach, kidney, bladder, and pancreas. Smoking also causes reduced fertility, low birth weight in newborns, and cancer of the cervix.