JUDGE BLOCKS FDA’S GRAPHIC CIGARETTE WARNING LABELS

JUDGE BLOCKS FDA’S GRAPHIC CIGARETTE WARNING LABELS
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WASHINGTON — A federal judge blocked new U.S. rules for
enhanced health warnings on cigarette packaging from going into
effect, saying the tobacco companies that sued may win their
claims that the warnings violate freedom of speech, according to
Bloomberg and other reports.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled today that
ordering tobacco companies to display graphic images of diseased
lungs and a cadaver bearing chest staples on an autopsy table
may “unconstitutionally compel speech.”

Leon granted a request by five tobacco companies seeking to
postpone the September 22, 2012, deadline for the regulations to
take effect while the court reviews the rule’s
constitutionality.

Lorillard, R.J. Reynold Tobacco Co., Commonwealth Brands Inc.,
Liggett Group LLC and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. sued in
August, saying the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
regulation mandates for cigarette packs, cartons and advertising
violate the First Amendment.

November 7, 2011
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I find this of no surprise! What are your thoughts & comments!

2 comments ↓

#1 Jersey Kid on 11.28.11 at 8:05 PM

Saw that the Prez told the tobacco companies to back off on their lawsuit. Classic stupidity. We have a basic right in this country that he chooses to ignore unless it’s to his benefit!

#2 Candy Girl on 11.29.11 at 10:54 AM

The judge here was reasonable and fair. Ordering an industry to warn consumers about the health-related impact of their products is a slippery slope that could and will go far beyond tobacco if this reg is allowed to stand.

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