March 1st, 2012
Cigarette Makers Can’t Be Forced to Use Graphic Warnings
By Sarah Forden
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was blocked by a federal judge from requiring tobacco companies to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington said the government’s rule violates the tobacco companies’ rights to free speech.
“These mandatory graphic images violate the First Amendment by unconstitutionally compelling speech,” Leon wrote in today’s decision.