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.
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