Writer: Stuart Silverstein and Myron Levin

Consumer Protection

After a Long Holdout, Tobacco Companies to Issue Mea Culpas

Tobacco giants will launch a court-ordered national advertising campaign to end a massive fraud and racketeering case that the federal government brought against the industry nearly two decades ago. The ads will be “corrective statements” to rectify what the trial judge called “false, deceptive, and misleading public statements about cigarettes and smoking.”