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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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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.
Mar 1, 2012. 10:49 AM
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