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Tobacco Companies Fighting Over Claims on Smoking's Effects

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WASHINGTON (AP) - America's biggest tobacco companies are asking a federal appeals court to set aside a series of court-ordered advertisements saying they lied about the dangers of smoking.

The companies on Monday told a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that they're ready and willing to pass along factual public health information about cigarettes.

But they say they won't go along with being forced to underwrite a campaign that would have the companies brand themselves as liars.

The preamble to the ads stemming from a 2006 decision says a federal court ruled that the companies "deliberately deceived the American public."

The companies say the statement is overbroad and misleading. But the federal government says the language is meant to provide context for the public.

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