Concurring Statement of Commissioner Orson Swindle
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., File No. 992-3025
I have voted to accept this consent agreement for public comment because the remedies, including a corrective statement in Winston advertisements for one year, are warranted by the facts of this case. The nationwide advertising campaign for "no additives" Winston cigarettes, launched in August 1997, is unusually extensive. Based on my reading of the record, I am convinced that many consumers interpret ads containing express "no additives" claims to mean that Winstons are not as harmful as other cigarettes, and such a health claim is presumably important to consumers in their purchasing decisions. Based on the extent and magnitude of the ongoing ad campaign and the demonstrated strength of the implied health claim, I am willing to infer that the claim will linger in the minds of consumers for one year absent a corrective statement. I am particularly concerned about a lingering effect of the ads because of the well-recognized health risks of smoking. Under these circumstances, I support the corrective advertising remedy contained in the proposed consent order.