JUDGE BLOCKS FDA’S GRAPHIC CIGARETTE WARNING LABELS
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
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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