R.J.REYNOLDS Co. has been fined US$20 million in a San Diego court, for violating the 1998 US Master Settlement Agreement by placing tobacco advertisements in magazines with a large percentage of readers aged 12 to17. San Diego Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Prager found that the company had made "absolutely no changes to its advertising campaigns," failing to meet the agreement's "professed goal" of reducing youth smoking.

The lawsuit was brought by the California Attorney General's office. R.J Reynolds plans to appeal against the ...

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