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A federal judge yesterday confirmed a preliminary injunction blocking the FDA from forcing...

A federal judge yesterday confirmed a preliminary injunction blocking the FDA from forcing tobacco companies to put gruesome health warnings on cigarette packaging, including a corpse and cancerous lungs. "These mandatory graphic images violate the First Amendment by unconstitutionally compelling speech," the judge explained.
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  • orsogrigio
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    why do not post corpses (there's more space there) and destroyed livers on beer cans ? stabbed corpses engraved on kitchen knives ? and with cars you do have plenty of space for Grand Guignol ...
    1 Mar 2012, 08:06 AM Reply Like
  • thesuer
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    smoking kills is enough I guess, those who cannot read probably looked at the pictures....
    1 Mar 2012, 08:24 AM Reply Like
  • bikerdaddy0
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    The judge forgets that the "Surgeon Generals Warning" has been on cigarette packs for decades. Why wasn't that "forced" speech? How about forcing putting ingredients on a cereal box? Or investor warnings on a prospectus?


    personally I think requiring those images wasn't a great idea - but the judge made a sweeping constitutional decision on shaky grounds.
    1 Mar 2012, 09:28 AM Reply Like
  • nac8656
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    I agree. I quit smoking on my own. Those pictures wouldn't have done it for me.
    1 Mar 2012, 09:31 AM Reply Like
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    America is not a communist. This is great!
    1 Mar 2012, 09:46 AM Reply Like
  • njja
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    Finally a judge with some common sense. Let's hope this is a sign of things to come from our government. Perhaps a balanced budget, and a reduction in our national debt?
    Let's hope we can elect a new president with some actual experience, and get America back on track.
    1 Mar 2012, 10:45 AM Reply Like
  • sheppardwh
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    I'm not a smoker; never have been. I do appreciate the smokers taking their pleasure with their tobacco products outside. That's more than just a courtesy; to the rest of us it stinks. However, tobacco is legal and should remain so. The suppliers of these products have a proper right to manufacture the products and market them to those who wish to purchase them. And to me, that's the key - I should have the right to choose a legal product free of government's social intrusion such as damming a certain product.
    1 Mar 2012, 10:49 AM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    And the corollary to this episode is the government requiring institutions to offer items in their health care plans which they find morally objectionable. Our administration wants a nanny state.
    1 Mar 2012, 10:57 AM Reply Like
  • CDBesecker
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    The current warnings should be enough. The FDA allows a certain amount of rodent hair in cereals that I find all the time. Why don't they require this information to be on the boxes as an ingredient?


    25 years ago, the company I worked for sponsored a smoking cessation program conducted by Roswell Cancer Hospital. In that class, they told us they COULD show us all kinds of gruesome pictures of lungs etc. demonstrating the ill affects of smoking. They then said, that would not make us stop smoking. We had to want to quit for our own reasons.


    I quit without the "bebefit" of the pictures.
    1 Mar 2012, 11:59 AM Reply Like
  • scratchpad
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    Perhaps pictures of overly obese people on bags and packs of sugar since thousands die of diabetes every year. Makes sense, doesn't it?
    Finally a judge with some!!
    1 Mar 2012, 12:00 PM Reply Like
  • romilar
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    Good.I have been told and warned and showed the evil of tobacco use since I was a child.I get it.It's up to me to make the choice for myself.To date,there is no scientific proof that second hand smoke is a health threat.To a non user it can be offensive however,and a little courtesy makes a big difference.So.....Dear brain police,take a break.Take a holiday,but do not take liberty from my right to think for myself.
    2 Mar 2012, 10:47 AM Reply Like
  • mike1vinny
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    We need to have pictures of car crashes with dead people, murders, etc, etc, all from alcohol, on all beer liquir botlles, with no exception! Maybe MADD can start this.If they put pictures on ciggerettes, then they should on ALL alcohol noexceptions. Its the same thing legal and it kills. Let me say this I do smoke and I don't agree with the goverment telling us what to do. If they do then do it on liquior also.
    27 Mar 2012, 04:57 AM Reply Like
  • WardWarz
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    We , Americans, and the world should blame Obama for tobacco labeling regulations, tobacco smoking behaviors in unruly teens, and all deaths due to tobacco smoking related illnesses!
    right? The Rightists and tea partiers believe so!
    3 May, 08:35 AM Reply Like
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