US companies challenge new FDA regulations on tobacco advertising

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 08 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3652
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Several large US tobacco companies filed a lawsuit on 31 August to challenge the new power of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco advertising and promotion.

    The companies said that the new law giving the FDA this power restricted their ability to communicate with customers as allowed by the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which guarantees freedom of the press.

    The lawsuit is likely to wind up in the Supreme Court.

    The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed by President Barack Obama on 22 June. It does …

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