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."