Attorneys general support proposed cigarette label

9:25 PM, Dec 24, 2011   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Twenty-four attorneys general from across the nation, including Maine's, are voicing their opinions about a proposed cigarette warning label that may be a little too graphic.

The label would include a sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs.  The Attorneys General filed a "Friend of the Court" brief yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in support of the Food and Drug Administration's challenge of a lower court ruling in the case.

Last month, a U.S. District Court judge allowed some of the largest tobacco companies to block the labels while deciding if it violated their free speech rights.  That judge ruled that it's likely the tobacco companies would successfully block the requirement that the labels be placed on the cigarette packs next year.

But the amicus curiae as it's called, essentially means Maine's Attorney General Bill Schneider, along with some two dozen others, support the FDA in this case.


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