FDA Cigar Warnings Don't Violate 1st Amendment, Judge Says

Law360 (May 15, 2018, 7:41 PM EDT) -- A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday ruled that required health warnings on cigars don’t violate the First Amendment since they’re aimed at informing the public of health risks in a suit brought by advocacy groups representing smokers and industry against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said that the agency’s rule increasing the size of warning labels on tobacco products doesn’t violate the First Amendment. The warnings are factual, uncontroversial disclosures meant to disseminate information about the risks of smoking cigars, and to correct public misperceptions about the use of cigars and pipe tobacco, the judge...

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