March 1st, 2012

Cigarette Makers Can’t Be Forced to Use Graphic Warnings

By Sarah Forden

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was blocked by a federal judge from requiring tobacco companies to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington said the government’s rule violates the tobacco companies’ rights to free speech.

“These mandatory graphic images violate the First Amendment by unconstitutionally compelling speech,” Leon wrote in today’s decision.

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