Resources: Light- and Low-Tar Cigarettes

Fact Sheets

“Light” and “Low-Tar” Cigarettes: Essential Facts
“Light” and “Low-Tar” Cigarettes: History of the “light” and “low-tar” fraud in the United States
“Light” and “Low-Tar” Cigarettes: Cigarette design and public perceptions
“Light” and “Low-Tar” Cigarettes: Major scientific findings and public health statements
“Light” and “Low-Tar” Cigarettes: Key messages for advocacy
“Light” and “Low-Tar” Cigarettes: Frequently Asked Questions
How the Tobacco Industry Circumvents Bans on the Use of Misleading Terms: Country Examples

Reports & Studies

Judge Kessler Final Opinion

The 1663-page final opinion of Judge Kessler in the US government’s racketeering case against the tobacco industry in which tobacco companies were found guilty of misleading the public about the harmfulness of light and low-tar products.

The Verdict Is In: Findings from United States v. Philip Morris

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium presents verbatim excerpts from Judge Gladys Kessler’s Findings from United States v. Philip Morris, to equip policymakers, health advocates and the public with the facts about the tobacco companies and their executives: what they knew, when they knew it, and how they continue to mislead the public and manipulate public policy.

SACTob Conclusions on Health Claims Derived from ISO/FTC Method to Measure Cigarette Yield

World Health Organization. (2003) 

Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine.

Reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute.