Weep for the anguish of cigarette manufacturers who are being deprived of their freedom to kill others with their product.
The tobacco industry is spreading its wings and reaching out to more young lives that they want to destroy. But, this time the US Government is standing in their way by requiring “larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements”.
The warnings must be printed on the entire top half of the packaging, on back and front sides. Tobacco firms argue the plan violates their constitutional right to free speech and are now suing the US Food and Drug Administration over mandatory graphic warnings.
Related news reports:
- BBC: US cigarette makers sue over graphic warning labels
- LA Times: Tobacco companies sue FDA over graphic warnings
& Cigarette label rules: Legitimate warning or ‘compelled speech’?
- FDA Press release (with warning label images)
We recently mentioned that Philip Morris is suing the Uruguayan Government over similar requirements.