(HealthDay News) – A Federal judge has ordered that big tobacco companies in the United States must publish corrective statements about their products and the adverse health effects related to use of their products.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in the District of Columbia ruled Nov. 27 that U.S. tobacco companies “must publish warnings with their products, in advertisements and on their Web sites saying they lied to the public about the health hazards of smoking.”

The tobacco companies involved are Altria Group’s Philip Morris subsidiary, Reynolds American’s R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and Lorillard Inc.’s Lorillard Tobacco Co.

According to the American Lung Association, “during 2011, most states failed miserably in enacting proven policies and investing in vital prevention programs to reduce tobacco use.”

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