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Where there's smoke, there's fire: Santa Fe firm sued


SANTA FE, N.M. — Cigarette packages in appealing colors, the words “natural” and “additive-free,” along with images of a Native American smoking a pipe are part of what a new federal lawsuit calls a comprehensive campaign to mislead consumers into thinking Natural American Spirit cigarettes are more healthful or less harmful than other varieties.

That’s the contention in a national class action complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque by a San Diego law firm, Ronald Marron, teamed up with the Rothstein Law Firm of Santa Fe that seeks damages, including punitive damages, from Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and Reynolds American Inc.


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