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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Big Tobacco Sues

Has Congress gone too far? Filed in Bowling Green, Ky, Big Tobacco is suing the FDA over a newly enacted law, which restricts tobacco manufacturers' rights to advertise. WSJ reports:

The companies object to such provisions as a requirement that cigarette makers expand the size of warning labels so that they cover the top half of the front and back of cigarette packs, and include graphic images such as diseased lungs. This change, they say, would leave manufacturers with only a small and often-obscured portion of a cigarette pack to print their own messages.

The companies also challenged a rule that restricts their ability to publicize the relative health risks of certain products such as smokeless tobacco.

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