Health Groups Stick Up For Graphic Cigarette Labels

Law360, New York (September 20, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT) -- Several public health groups on Friday defended new cigarette warnings the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring by 2012, hoping to sink a lawsuit in which tobacco giants argue the graphic labels violate their First Amendment rights.

In a proposed amici curiae brief filed in Washington federal court, organizations like the American Cancer Society and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids argued the First Amendment does not prohibit the government from requiring tobacco companies to more effectively warn consumers about the risk of serious injury and death...
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