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Light Cigarettes | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Misleading Advertising, Inappropriately Marketed, Marlboro Lights, Camel Lights, Kool Lights, Merit Lights, Winston Lights, No Lower Nicotine Level

Stamped Complaint against Phillip Morris U.S.A., Inc. 12/17/08

Stamped Civil Cover against Phillip Morris U.S.A., Inc. 12/17/08

Stamped Summons against Phillip Morris U.S.A., Inc. 12/17/08

Millions of Americans smoke "low-tar," "mild," or "light" cigarettes, believing those cigarettes to be less harmful than other cigarettes. Many of these cigarettes very falsely marketed as "safe" or "harmless". However, new evidence shows that these so called "safe" cigarettes are just as dangerous as regular cigarettes. In a study by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) titled Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine*, national scientific experts conclude that evidence does not indicate a benefit to public health from changes in cigarette design and manufacturing over the last 50 years.

"This report was made possible by the work and cooperation of scientists throughout the country," said Scott Leischow, Ph.D., chief of the NCI Tobacco Control Research Branch. "The monograph clearly demonstrates that people who switch to low-tar or light cigarettes from regular cigarettes are likely to inhale the same amount of cancer-causing toxins and they remain at high risk for developing smoking-related cancers and other diseases." This monograph is the 13th volume in NCI's Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph Series, which began in 1991.

The study describes several reasons why the levels of tar and nicotine measured by the FTC method do not reflect actual tar and nicotine delivery to the smoker. The filters in low-tar/low-nicotine cigarettes often include vent holes which, when open, allow air to enter and dilute the smoke. However, many smokers cover these holes with their lips and fingers. In contrast, when tested by a machine, the holes are unobstructed, and artificially low measurements of tar and nicotine are obtained.

Additionally, smokers who switch to light cigarettes from regular cigarettes "compensate" for the lower nicotine level by inhaling more deeply; taking larger, more rapid, or more frequent puffs; or by increasing the number of cigarettes smoked per day. As a result, smokers cancel out any potential benefit of smoking a "low-tar" cigarette.

The following brands of light cigarettes have all been inappropriately marketed:

  • Marlboro Lights
  • Camel Lights
  • Kool Lights
  • Merit Lights
  • Winston Lights
  • Salem Lights
  • Newport Lights
  • Now
  • Vantage
  • Carlton
  • Misty Lights
  • Capri Lights
  • Cambridge Lights
  • GPC Lights
  • Doral Lights
  • Virginia Slims Lights
  • Benson & Hedges Lights
  • Parliament Lights
  • Kent III Lights
  • Luck Strikes Lights
  • True Lights

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Light Cigarettes

If you have been diagnosed with an illness associated with smoking light "safe" cigarettes, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Judge Grants Parker Waichman LLP Motion to Remand Marlboro Lights Cigarette Lawsuit

Dec 13, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
A federal judge has granted Parker Waichman LLP's motion to suggest that a light cigarette class action lawsuit it filed on behalf of a New York man be remanded back to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  The lawsuit, Bryant Tang vs. Philip Morris, USA, alleges purchasers of Marlboro Lights suffered economic damages as a result of misrepresentations made by Philip Morris and Altria Group about the cigarettes.The Tang lawsuit was one of several consolidated in a...

Colon Cancer Risk Increases With Smoking

Dec 4, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
In addition to the many, many negative health effects linked to cigarette smoking, an emerging study has found stronger evidence linking cigarette smoking to colorectal cancer, said Science Daily."This provides one more reason not to smoke, or to quit as soon as possible," said senior author Michael J. Thun, M.D., M.S., vice president emeritus, epidemiology and surveillance research at the American Cancer Society, quoted Science Daily. "Colorectal cancer should be added to the...

Florida Tobacco Lawsuit Results in $300 Million Jury Award to Ex-Smoker

Nov 23, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A Florida tobacco lawsuit trial has ended with a jury awarding $300 million to a former smoker who now suffers from emphysema.  The award is the largest in a Florida tobacco lawsuit to date, according to the Associated Press.The lawsuit was one of roughly 8,000 pending in Florida that was spawned by Engle vs. Liggett.  The 1994 class action lawsuit involved thousands of Florida smokers and their families who were seeking compensation from tobacco companies for the injuries they...

FDA Bans Flavored Cigarettes

Sep 23, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced a ban on cigarettes that contain fruit, candy, or clove flavoring. The ban, authorized by the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, is part of a national effort by the FDA to reduce smoking in America. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in America.The FDA's ban on candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes highlights the importance of reducing the number of children who start to smoke, and who become addicted to...

Big Tobacco Loses Another Appeal

May 26, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Big tobacco has lost another important court case.  This time, a three judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there was ample evidence to conclude that the tobacco industry intended to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking.  According to Dow Jones News Wire, the panel upheld most of a lower court ruling which found that the industry's deceptive marketing schemes violated federal anti-racketeering statutes.The original 2006 case...

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