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Tobacco suits continue, 60 years later

Posted: Oct. 23, 2013 | Tags: tobacco

Today we're running another in a series of stories produced by Myron Levin at the nonprofit Fair Warning website. He tells the story of Kent cigarettes, which Lorillard re-engineered in response to the health scare of the early 1950s, when the link between smoking and lung cancer began drawing wide attention. The "new" Kents 60 years ago had a patented "Micronite" filter that contained a virulent form of asbestos, and the company continues to face litigation related to those filters. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to restrict the use of menthol in cigarettes: Lorillard makes the popular Newport menthol brand.




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