Tobacco Groups Blast FDA For ‘Massive’ Speech Restriction

Law360, Washington (November 16, 2017, 3:33 PM EST) -- Advocacy groups representing smokers and the cigar and pipe industries blasted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in D.C. federal court Tuesday, saying the agency's rule increasing the size of warning labels on tobacco products is a "massive" free speech restriction imposed without adequate scientific analysis.

The Cigar Association of America, the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association and the smokers’ rights group Cigar Rights of America are contesting the agency's May 2016 rule imposing new industry user fees and expanding warning label requirements on cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes and other products.

They said Tuesday that the FDA is not...

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