Tobacco Giants Challenge Local Smoking Ordinances

Law360, New York (February 14, 2012, 7:56 PM EST) -- A group of nine tobacco companies led by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA Inc. sued the city of Providence, R.I., Friday alleging two new city ordinances placing limits on tobacco product advertisements and discounts conflict with federal law and violate the First Amendment.

The ordinances, which were signed by Mayor Angel Tavares in January and take effect March 1, forbid the sale of tobacco products at discounted rates through the use of coupons or multi-pack discounts and prohibit non-cigarette tobacco products such as snuff...
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