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Philip Morris Marketed Light Cigarettes as Safer, Lawyer Says

October 17, 2011

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris unit deceived Missouri consumers by marketing Marlboro Lights as safer than regular cigarettes, a lawyer said at the end of trial.

“Philip Morris made two promises -- to provide lower tar and nicotine to smokers,” Stephen Swedlow, who represents Missouri smokers suing the company, said today in state court in St. Louis. “They did not deliver on this.”

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