States Weigh In On Cigarette Labels
Two dozen states and U.S. territories are weighing in on a lawsuit over proposed graphic cigarette warning labels that include a sewn-up corpse and a picture of diseased lungs, saying the federal government should be allowed to require the labels for the "lethal and addictive" products.
The 24 attorneys general filed a friend of the court brief last week in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. The brief supports the FDA's challenge of a lower court ruling: Last month, a U.S. District Court judge granted a request by some of the nation's largest tobacco companies, including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Tobacco Co., to block the labels while deciding whether the labels violate their free speech rights. The judge ruled it is likely the cigarette makers would succeed in a lawsuit to block the requirement that the labels be placed on cigarette packs next year.