Organic tobacco not safer than regular variety

Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has reached an agreement with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. over the marketing and advertisement of their organic tobacco products including American Spirit brand cigarettes. The concern is that the current advertisements may mislead consumers into believing that organic tobacco is less harmful than other tobacco.Attorney General Tom Corbett said that Santa Fe has no reliable, scientific evidence that proves organic tobacco is safer or less harmful than other tobacco. Corbett said that any deceptive cigarette advertisements would violate the 1998 national tobacco settlement along with various state consumer protection laws.

********** Published: March 5, 2010 - Volume 8 - Issue 46