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Tobacco act gets singed.

A federal district court has struck down parts of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, saying that some of the landmark law violates tobacco makers' free speech rights. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled it unconstitutional for government to ban color and images in tobacco advertising. However, the court upheld provisions of the law requiring large, strongly worded warnings on tobacco packaging, prohibiting companies from making health claims about tobacco products without Food and Drug Administration review, and banning tobacco-branded events and merchandise, such as T-shirts. American Thoracic Society president Dr. J.R. Curtis said in a statement that the society is still "confident that the FDA will exercise its new authority to reduce tobacco use [in the United States] by stopping the efforts of big tobacco to market its dangerous products to minors, and by giving current smokers more motivation to stop smoking."
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Author:Ault, Alicia
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Date:Feb 1, 2010
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