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High Court Rejects Tobacco Marketing Appeal

The Wall Street Journal

Updated April 22, 2013, 3:14 p.m. ET

High Court Rejects Tobacco Marketing Appeal


The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a tobacco industry challenge to a 2009 federal law that requires graphic warning labels on cigarettes and expanded marketing restrictions on tobacco products.

The challengers argued that parts of the law, which gave the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco, violated their constitutional free-speech rights. The companies challenging it include R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Tobacco Co.

The law mandated that tobacco manufacturers allow half of the space on the front and back of cigarette packages for graphic health warnings. It also barred marketing practices …

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