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Judge says Big Tobacco’s free speech rights were violated

FDA’s cigarette labeling requirement is unconstitutional

A U.S. judge yesterday ruled that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) requirement that tobacco companies include graphic labels on cigarette packaging is unconstitutional.

The labels the FDA required cigarette companies to include on their packages were meant to illustrate the dangers of smoking. They included disturbing images of rotting teeth, diseased lungs and a dead man lying in a morgue, among others.


Cathleen Flahardy

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