Ad Groups Fired Up Over Graphic Cigarette Labels

Law360, New York (January 12, 2011, 5:52 PM EST) -- The Association of National Advertisers and the American Advertising Federation are arguing that proposed cigarette warning labels with graphic depictions of smoking's effects are propagandistic, unlikely to reduce smoking and little more than government-compelled speech.

The proposed labels — which include a man blowing smoke out of a tracheotomy hole and a pale child who was presumably exposed to secondhand smoke breathing into an oxygen mask — violate tobacco companies’ First Amendment rights because they “ignore core limits on government authority to regulate commercial speech,” the...
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