Supreme Court rejects challenge to tobacco warnings

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The 2009 law requires tobacco companies to cover half of their packaging with a graphic warning about the risks of smoking, along with government-approved text about the health risks of cigarettes.

Tobacco companies challenged that provision as a violation of their First Amendment rights. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their argument last year, saying the labels are simply a disclaimer about legitimate public-health risks.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) praised the Supreme Court's decision not to hear an appeal in the case.

“We were pleased that the Supreme Court will not entertain the tobacco industry’s desire to continue its deadly tactics," ACS CAN said in a statement. "The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals clearly agreed that Congress acted appropriately to prevent children from smoking, encourage adults to quit and save lives."