Legal Battle Over Graphic Tobacco Labels Could Head to Supreme Court

The legal battle over whether tobacco companies must place graphic health warnings on labels could be heading to the Supreme Court, after the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the law requiring the images, ruling that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated corporate speech rights.

In the court's opinion, one of the judges questioned whether the government has the authority "to force the manufacturer of a product to go beyond making purely factual and accurate commercial disclosures and undermine its own economic interest--in this case, by making 'every single pack of cigarettes in the country a mini billboard' for the government's anti-smoking message," according to Reuters.


This article originally ran in NATSO News Weekly (NNW), NATSO's member only weekly electronic newsletter. NNW is packed with the latest updates on government and business issues affecting the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

If you aren't reading NNW, you are missing out. Not a memberJoin today or submit a request to receive additional information. If you are a member and not receiving NNW, submit a request to be added to the email list



NATSO and the NATSO Foundation provide the most relevant, trusted and up-to-date news and trends affecting the truckstop and travel plaza industry.More
NATSO News Weekly (NNW)

Tell Us What You Think

Back to Food & Tobacco