Tobacco Industry’s Challenge to Law Requiring Graphic Labels Is Rejected
A 2009 federal law requires that there are graphic warning labels on cigarettes and an expanded marketing restriction on tobacco products was challenged by the tobacco-industry, but rejected on Monday. This federal law was challenged because it was argued that it violated the constitutional free-speech rights of the tobacco companies such as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. The law specifically claims that half of the space on the front and back of the cigarette packages has to account for the graphic health warnings, as well as their marketing practices such as cigarette-brand sponsorships of sporting or cultural events are also banned. Although many producers argue about the FDA rule, consumer groups actually support the actions of the Supreme Court because it keeps the federal tobacco law in place.
I believe that this ruling should be kept in place about the graphic danger warnings on the cartridges, will allow people to be more cautious and think twice before they purchase a pack of cigarettes. This new ruling will definitely decrease the sales of cigarettes because their marketing strategy will face a loss when they are not allowed to post sponsorships at events. This new federal law can change the way consumers spend on tobacco, as well as the amount of people who smoke.
Written by: Samantha Chin
Source: The Wall Street Journal