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Cigarette makers to publish new statements on health risks

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Starting next month, major U.S. cigarette companies will publish a series of statements about the health risks of smoking. The court-ordered "corrective statements" will run on television and in newspapers as part of an agreement in a 1999 lawsuit brought by the federal government that accused cigarette makers of deceiving the public. The statements will include: "Smoking is highly addictive" and "Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans every day." Altria Group Inc., the Richmond, Virginia-based parent company of cigarette-maker Philip Morris USA - will jointly run the ads with its competitor, Reynolds American Inc., and several other companies. Altria told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the tobacco manufacturers had reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on the timing of the statements. In a news release, Altria said it's working to develop less risky tobacco products.

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