HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - buy camel ads coupled with illustrations promoting rock music in Rolling Stone magazine violate the tobacco industry's nine-year-old promise not to use cartoons to sell cigarettes, prosecutors in various states said Tuesday.
Attorneys general in at least nine states planned to file lawsuits against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. starting Tuesday about the advertising for Camel cigarettes in the November edition of Rolling Stone, officials said.
The section combines pages of Camel cigarette ads with pages of magazine-produced illustrations on the theme of independent rock music.
"Their latest nine-page advertising spread in Rolling Stone, filled with cartoons, flies in the face of their pledge to halt all tobacco marketing to children," Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said in a news release Tuesday.
Along with Corbett, attorneys general in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Maryland and Washington said they were suing. Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe said he also filed a motion Tuesday against R.J. Reynolds.