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Tobacco companies object to 'forced confessions'

Tobacco companies object to 'forced confessions'

Tobacco companies are objecting to a U.S. government proposal to make them pay for statements correcting the companies' past false claims. They call the statements "forced public confessions" and are urging a judge to reject the proposal.
The statements include admissions that the companies lied about the dangers of smoking.
The Justice Department says the statements need to be strong enough to protect people from future false statements made by cigarette makers.
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler has said she wants the industry to pay for corrective statements in various types of ads. She has not decided on what the statements will say.
The judge in 2006 ruled that the largest U.S. cigarette makers concealed the dangers of smoking for decades.