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Thursday, March 1, 2012

FDA Cigarette Labels Knocked Down

“A federal judge on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a Food and Drug Administration requirement that tobacco companies prominently display graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. Judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court in Washington ruled that forcing the companies to use the labels, which show staged images like a man breathing smoke out of a tracheotomy hole in his neck and a mouth punctured with what appear to be cancerous lesions, violated their free speech rights under the First Amendment.” (New York Times)

Score one for free speech.

FEE Timely Classic
“The Myth of Unregulated Tobacco” by Bruce Yandle