1st Circ. Says RI Anti-Tobacco Laws Don't Bar Free Speech

Law360, Los Angeles (September 30, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit dealt a blow to the National Association of Tobacco Outlets Inc. and other tobacco retailers, ruling Monday that anti-tobacco laws in Providence, R.I., do not violate the First Amendment, because they regulate cigarette prices, not the companies' advertising content.

Upholding a Rhode Island federal court's decision, the appeals court said the city's pricing ordinance, which went into effect last year, doesn't relate to the advertising of cigarettes but to the regulation of tobacco companies' conduct, according to the opinion.

The plaintiffs claimed that...
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