An organization of five tobacco companies, including several large corporations that dominate the industry in America, have filed a lawsuit against the Federal government due to the new labels that they have had to place on cigarettes, CNN reported.
“The primary complaint is that we think it violates the 1st Amendment for the government to require people who produce a lawful product to essentially urge prospective purchasers not to buy it,” Floyd Abrams, a 1st Amendment case expert representing the plaintiffs, said in a statement.
Regulations that were passed by the FDA have forced the tobacco companies in the U.S. to place a label, complete with graphic photos, on each pack of cigarettes beginning in September 2012, according to the news source.
Lawyers for the tobacco companies are claiming that the government is going too far, as the businesses will have to use their own packaging and advertising against themselves once the law goes into effect, The Associated Press reported.
An estimated 20.6 percent of American adults smoke cigarettes on a regular basis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.