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Graphic cigarette packs delayed

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon has issued a preliminary injunction, blocking required images on cigarette packages until 15 months after a lawsuit is resolved. Judge Leon believes cigarette makers might win their case.
U-S-A Today reports: “In June, the F-D-A approved nine graphic warnings that tobacco makers could rotate on cigarette packs beginning in September 2012. The images, which would cover the top half of the front and back of each pack, include a corpse with chest staples on an autopsy table and a man breathing into an oxygen mask”.
In August, four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government … arguing that the warning labels would cost millions to print and would violate their free-speech rights.
I don’t like smoking. I see nothing wrong with restricting smoking in public places. I don’t want any of my loved ones to smoke. But I think the government has gone too far in trying to dictate the labels on cigarette packaging. I think the F-D-A ought to lose this case.
Our thought for today is from Robert Jackson:
“The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.”

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11/08/2011 5:21AM
Graphic cigarette packs delayed
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09/20/2012 6:32PM
You can't protect adults from themselves
There is a point of diminishing returns in regard to how much society is responsible for protecting people from their own self-destructive tendencies. Let's face it: there are some people who are just flat-out SO overwhelmingly addicted to cigarettes that no amount of anti-smoking advertising or pictures of emphysema-riddled lungs on the cigarette packages will make them stop smoking. NOT TO MENTION, if we truly wanted to help America's addiction to cigarettes, then, for cryin' out loud, do we STILL subsidize the flipping tobacco industry with millions and millions of dollars in tax dollars? What an oxymoronic mind game we play in this country - - we subsidize tobacco growers so they can be more successful growing a weed that is known to kill millions of people every year and we want to put ugly pictures on the packages so the smokers will stop buying cigarettes? Whew! That makes as much sense as our continuing to subsidize giant, industrialized farm operations and food processing conglomerates so they can sell U.S. grains below market value in Mexico and drive hundreds of thousands of formerly self-sufficient Mexican farmers into bankruptcy so their only alternative is to sneak across the border in search of work. Whew! Man! We sure seem to be oblivious to the damage all those corporate welfare hand-outs can cause ...the classic "unintended consequences."
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