Tobacco Companies Sue Over Labels

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Five tobacco companies have sued the FDA to overturn a law requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packages. The companies argue that the new labels, which cover 50 percent of packages and include images of dead bodies and rotten teeth, will make customers "depressed, discouraged, and afraid” of their products. “The government can require warnings which are straightforward and essentially uncontroversial, but they can't require a cigarette pack to serve as a mini-billboard for the government's anti-smoking campaign," a tobacco lawyer said. The law is set to take effect in September 2012.