Cigarmakers agree to health warnings

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The Federal Trade Commission and Surgeon General David Satcher June 26 joined California Attorney General Bill Lockyer in announcing that seven major cigarmakers, selling 95% of cigars in the U.S., agreed to start putting health warnings on their products and ads. The new warnings are similar to cigarette warnings, but on packaging will be slightly larger and more prominent. One of the cigar warnings refers to second-hand smoke. The FTC said the agreement settled FTC charges that sales of the products without health claims were "deceptive'' and "unfair.'' Signing the agreement are Consolidated Cigar, General Cigar Holdings, Havatampa, Swisher International, Lane Ltd., John Middleton and Swedish Match North America.

Copyright June 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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