A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday the FDA’s graphic warnings for cigarettes are unconstitutional, setting the stage for a possible Supreme Court showdown.The proposed labels, which would take up half of cigarette packs, violate big tobacco’s right to free speech, the court ruled, according to the AP.
That ruling directly conflicts with another appeals court’s decision, meaning that the nation’s highest court may have to decide the issue.
The FDA’s proposed graphic images were one of the more controversial provisions of a 2009 tobacco law that also aimed to eliminate tobacco marketing aimed at minors.
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