Philip Morris Hit With Low Tar Lawsuit

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Butts in SandThe largest-ever class action lawsuit filed in New Hampshire history charges cigarette maker Philip Morris with using deceptive marketing practices to sell "Marlboro Lights" cigarettes. Plaintiffs say PM engaged in consumer fraud (pdf) by representing "Marlboro Light" cigarettes as having lower tar and nicotine than regular cigarettes, when in fact the tobacco was identical. The suit also alleges that PM developed a way to fool the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) smoking machines (that are used to measure tar and nicotine) into registering lower levels of tar and nicotine than smokers actually get when they smoke so-called "light" cigarettes. FTC uses the machines to determine whether cigarettes can be marketed using phrases like "Light," "Ultralight," or "Lowered Tar and Nicotine." The lead plaintiff in the suit, Karen Lawrence of Manchester, smoked an average of one-and-a-half to two packs of Marlboro Lights per day for 30 years, after switching from regular Marlboros, believing that light cigarettes carried reduced risks to her health. Plaintiffs are asking PM to refund the money they spent on Marlboro Lights, plus triple the amount of any actual damages, or $1,000 per class member. Members of the class include everyone in New Hampshire who bought Marlboro Lights since the company first started selling them in 1971.


Lil VA

I've smoked for 17 years. Marlboro lights. I've struggled to quit for years. I started because I watched my mother. This July, I also watched my mother suffocate to death because of this abuse. On her death certificate it reads "Tobacco Abuse". Something needs to be done in other states. I agree NY. And any help and suggestions anyone can give to help me quit...I'm open.

Smoking in NY

Gosh -- I have been smoking Marlboro Lights for the same reason in NY State for many years. I just recently quit, but it was quite a struggle to do so... This lawsuit should be extended to other States...