Graphic Cigarette Label Warnings Ruled Illegal

March 1, 2012

USA Today

The Obama administration's push to require larger and more graphic warning labels on cigarettes, with images of dead or diseased smokers, hit a potentially fatal roadblock Wednesday when a federal judge ruled them unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C., who in November issued a temporary injunction against the labels that the Justice Department appealed, ruled that they "violate the First Amendment by unconstitutionally compelling speech." Read More