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Organic Cigarettes Are Not Healthier, Says Brown

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Thirty-three states, including California, announced an agreement today with American Spirit Cigarettes that ends the company's "misleading marketing" of their organic cigarettes. "Stamping an organic label on tobacco products is ultimately a distinction without a difference--organic or not, cigarettes are bad for your health," Attorney General Jerry Brown said in a statement. "Today's settlement with [parent company] Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company ensures that all future advertisements make it clear that organic tobacco is no safer or healthier." The company has 30 days to update all advertising within 30 days to say "Organic tobacco does NOT mean safer cigarettes" and other similar statements about roll-your-own and pouch tobacco.