Several public health groups are weighing in on a lawsuit over graphic cigarette warning labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker.
The groups say the government has a strong interest in more
effectively informing people about the effects of tobacco and current warnings aren't sufficient.
The groups include the American Cancer Society, the American
Medical Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Some of the nation's largest tobacco companies, led by R.J.
Reynolds Tobacco and Lorillard Tobacco, claim the labels violate
free speech rights and will be costly to print.
But the Food and Drug Administration says the public interest in conveying smoking's dangers outweighs those claims.
A hearing on a preliminary injunction to stop the labels is set for Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington.
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