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Judge blocks rules on graphic cigarette labels
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Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON | Mon Nov 7, 2011 11:24am EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sided with tobacco companies on Monday, granting a temporary injunction blocking rules requiring new warning labels that use graphic images like a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a hole in his throat.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon granted a temporary injunction after determining that the tobacco companies would likely prevail in their lawsuit challenging the Food and Drug Administration's requirement as unconstitutional because it compels speech in violation of the First Amendment.

(Reporting by Alina Selyukh and Jeremy Pelofsky in Washington, editing by Dave Zimmerman)

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  -Judge blocks rules on graphic cigarette labels mahatmakanejeeves  Nov-07-11 11:45 AM   #0 
  - Rats! I guess you can always go to hospice to see the actual human cost of tobacco company crime.  Democrats_win   Nov-07-11 11:48 AM   #1 
  - This would mean no warnings on pharmaceutical package inserts  cosmicone   Nov-07-11 11:51 AM   #2 
  - Another first amendment hater.  former9thward   Nov-07-11 12:59 PM   #11 
     - Actually, the FDA requires the package inserts in a certain form  cosmicone   Nov-07-11 07:29 PM   #17 
     - Does the FDA write the warnings?  former9thward   Nov-07-11 08:02 PM   #20 
     - If cigarettes were not addictive and the First Amendment were absolute, I'd consider agreeing with  No Elephants   Nov-08-11 06:50 AM   #27 
  - Judge blocks graphic images on cigarette packages  SpartanDem   Nov-07-11 12:07 PM   #3 
  - These images have been in use in other countries for over ten years.  robinlynne   Nov-07-11 12:07 PM   #4 
  - In Brazil?  Withywindle   Nov-08-11 03:01 PM   #30 
  - Free speech? Does this mean no regulation at all of commercial speech?  dtexdem   Nov-07-11 12:07 PM   #5 
  - Of course, tobacco wins! There is no justice, just horrible, slow deaths. nt  valerief   Nov-07-11 12:14 PM   #6 
  - Ditto.  SoapBox   Nov-07-11 12:42 PM   #8 
  - Are they gonna put the same pics on cars, fast food, alcohol, etc?(nt)  The Straight Story   Nov-07-11 12:22 PM   #7 
  - That's silly. Everyone knows the only dangerous thing is tobacco.  ixion   Nov-07-11 01:04 PM   #12 
  - such as printing drunk driving accidents on beer bottles  alp227   Nov-07-11 09:28 PM   #22 
     - Fat kids on Happy Meals!!!  MADem   Nov-08-11 04:07 AM   #26 
  - GOOD! I'm getting real tired of the nanny's not nannying their favorite  Lionessa   Nov-07-11 12:48 PM   #9 
  - I agree n/t  OhioChick   Nov-07-11 09:33 PM   #23 
  - I second that.  trof   Nov-08-11 07:55 AM   #28 
  - These images were propaganda and not factual warnings  starroute   Nov-07-11 12:58 PM   #10 
  - How do you feel about marketing and advertising then?  Spider Jerusalem   Nov-07-11 01:09 PM   #13 
  - Uh, should we outlaw advertising harmful products?  davidthegnome   Nov-07-11 02:51 PM   #15 
  - what bad can happen if people saw cigarettes with fear and revulsion? n/t  cosmicone   Nov-07-11 07:34 PM   #18 
  - I don't think it will inspire them to quit  davidthegnome   Nov-07-11 08:41 PM   #21 
  - I thought about it and agree, since the image wouldn't be scientifically accurate anyway  alp227   Nov-08-11 01:25 PM   #29 
  - What a surprise. Appointed by George W. Bush.  onehandle   Nov-07-11 02:34 PM   #14 
  - A ludicrous waste of time  SOS   Nov-07-11 06:11 PM   #16 
  - Well if that argument houlds up, they don't even have to put warning lables on the boxes now do they  Devil_Fish   Nov-07-11 07:40 PM   #19 
  - What? No pic of auto wreck blood & guts on beer cans? No -  lynne   Nov-07-11 11:18 PM   #24 
  - Awesome. Nice to see some decency.  ZombieHorde   Nov-07-11 11:43 PM   #25 
  - If cigarettes are truly addicting then a mere picture won't cure that  Nuclear Unicorn   Nov-08-11 05:35 PM   #31 
  - It is mind that decides and not pictures  healthybody   Nov-29-11 03:15 PM   #32 

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