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Tobacco company-funded ads spotlight disease, deaths caused by smoking

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Tobacco funded anti smoking ad ordered by courtTobacco companies are forced to admit the dangers of smoking as part of new ad campaign ordered by the U.S. District Court.

The companies, including Altria, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard and Philip Morris USA, will pay for anti-smoking advertisements have started running in newspapers and television ads on CBS, ABC and NBC will start airing on Nov. 27.

Messages in the ads will include statements like "smoking kills 1,200 people a day," "Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive" and "there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke."

"It's a pretty significant moment," Cliff Douglas, the American Cancer Society's vice president for tobacco control, said. "This is the first time they have had to 'fess up and tell the whole truth."

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