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5 tobacco companies sue FDA over ad requirements

Big Tobacco says FDA’s advertising rule violates its constitutional rights

Five tobacco companies are suing the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), claiming the agency’s new regulation violates their First Amendment rights. Lorillard Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Commonwealth Brands, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco and Liggett Group filed the suit yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The FDA mandated in June that tobacco companies include graphic images on their cigarette packages persuading customers to quit smoking. One image is a stitched up dead man accompanied by the words “WARNING: Smoking can kill you.” Another is a photo of diseased lungs with a similar warning. See all the images.


Cathleen Flahardy

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