Cigarette Image Mandate Could Go Up in Smoke

By WEEK Reporter

Cigarette Image Mandate Could Go Up in Smoke

November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 8, 2011 at 1:03 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC.-- A federal judge has blocked a move to mandate graphic images on cigarette packs.

The ruling goes against a federal requirement forcing cigarette manufacturers to place these images on their packaging.

The images depict the dangers of smoking, and the cigarette makers argue the requirement violates the constitution's free speech amendment.

Manufacturers are suing the government, and the judge believes they will win, so he blocked the requirement until the suit is resolved.

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