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Settlement Reached Over Airborne's Claims

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Washington's Attorney General Rob McKenna and other state Attorneys General settled with the makers of Airborne, the popular fizzing vitamin tablet.

There have been concerns over the effectiveness of these fizzy vitamin tablets for quite some time.  Airborne's maker claimed it could prevent and cure the common cold, but there is no scientific evidence to back that up.  So attorneys general from 32 states brought a lawsuit about false advertising against Airborne's makers.

Rob McKenna explained why it's so dangerous if companies aren't telling the truth about their products.  He says, "This is essentially about truth in advertising.  It's about stopping a company from making claims that are not scientifically supported because we don't want consumers spending money on a product on false hopes."

A $7-million settlement was reached, which means Airborne can no longer make claims that aren't backed up by science.

Washington will get $150,000 from the settlement.  McKenna says the money will be used to pay back court costs and will go towards consumer education about public health issues.