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Judge Admonishes Tobacco Industry for Conspiracy

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Judge Admonishes Tobacco Industry for Conspiracy

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Judge Admonishes Tobacco Industry for Conspiracy

Judge Admonishes Tobacco Industry for Conspiracy

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A federal judge ruled this week that the tobacco industry conspired for decades to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking.

Judge Gladys Kessler imposed new restrictions on cigarette makers, ruling that companies should stop marketing cigarettes as "light" or "low-tar." But she stopped short of ordering the companies to pay billions of dollars.