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Tobacco Companies To Fight FDA Warning Label Mandate

August 17, 2011 by  

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.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.

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  • Cawmun Cents

    Anyone else here thinking that FDA should be an an acronym for “F-ing Democrats Anonymous”,or perhaps Financially Distraught A$$hats?
    So if I make pornography with people smoking cigarettes,can I put the graphic images of sexuality on the packs of cigarettes?Only if I name them “Porno”….right?
    “Yes,er uh…I’d like a pack of Porno’s please?”
    “Would you like regular,oral,or anal,sir/ma’am?”
    “Do they come in suppository form yet?”
    “Not yet sir/ma’am,they havent finished the clinical trials yet.”

    Why is this an important issue?
    I dont know.
    But one thing I do know is that,government is intruding into far too many spheres of influence,that it has never been involved in before.

    What comes next?Labels that require Budweiser to show one prostrated in front of the porcelain deity?Or perhaps a protruding belly out from under a filthy t-shirt?A fat ugly wife,six screaming children,and a pair of beer goggles?

    Michelle Obama would be proud of the various sintax industries if they used before and afeter photos on every package involving commercial no-no’s.

    Abscessed tooth on a Three Musketeers bar.
    Broken leg on a Yamaha Motorcross bike.
    Brain freeze on a Slurpee.
    Jackass on a Democrat National Convention button….oh yeah,they are already all jackasses….(their symbol,not my observation)
    Hobo on a foodstamp.(oh I apologize…Homeless Democrat,on foodstamp)
    Heres one for you liberals,
    Rich White Guy whipping people of color,on the GOP buttons.
    Clothespin on a pack of Huggies.
    Wife has to get tattoo of mailman,milkman,neighbor and husbands brother.
    Husband gets tattoo of secretary,stripper,chick down the street,and wifes sister.
    Divorce lawyer gets tattoo of himself removing your money from the bank.

    Where does it all end?
    Who knows?
    Who cares?
    President gets a tattoo of hobos whipping rich whiteguys,maybe?-CC.


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