Four tobacco companies sue FDA - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Four tobacco companies sue FDA

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)-Several of the nation's biggest tobacco companies are fighting back against the federal government and those graphic new warning labels for cigarettes.

They hit the FDA with a lawsuit Wednesday.

Four of the five biggest tobacco companies in the United States say these warning labels violate their free speech rights.

And the companies want these labels to stop being made!

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard Tobacco, Commonwealth Brands Incorporated, Liggett Group and Sante Fe Natural Tobacco Company are all part of the lawsuit against the FDA.

These companies say the new graphic cigarette warning labels force the companies to carry a government sponsored emotionally charged appeal to not use their legal products.

Locally based Altria, the owner of Philip Morris U.S.A., is not part of the lawsuit.

But Wednesday morning in the Times Dispatch, the company too says these warning labels go against First Amendment rights.

The FDA is not saying a word at this point about the lawsuit.

But back in June the agency said the new labels are powerful and frank warnings about the dangers of smoking.

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Storms diminishing overnight

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST:

    Friday, June 22 2018 9:50 PM EDT2018-06-23 01:50:55 GMT

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>
  • The Latest: HHS says families won't be immediately reunited

    The Latest: HHS says families won't be immediately reunited

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-06-20 16:01:56 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 9:26 PM EDT2018-06-23 01:26:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of PMQs at parliament in London. The British government is facing anoth...(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of PMQs at parliament in London. The British government is facing anoth...
    British Prime Minister Theresa May says the United States is wrong to separate migrant children from their parents, but has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump's visit to Britain next month.More >>
    British Prime Minister Theresa May says the United States is wrong to separate migrant children from their parents, but has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump's visit to Britain next month.More >>
  • Heat add Tillman to Summer League roster

    Heat add Tillman to Summer League roster

    Friday, June 22 2018 6:20 PM EDT2018-06-22 22:20:55 GMT

    VCU forward Justin Tillman has agreed to play for the Miami Heat in the NBA Summer Leagues. The Heat are scheduled to field a summer league squad in Sacramento, Calif. July 2-5 and in Las Vegas, Nev. from July 6-17. 

    More >>

    VCU forward Justin Tillman has agreed to play for the Miami Heat in the NBA Summer Leagues. The Heat are scheduled to field a summer league squad in Sacramento, Calif. July 2-5 and in Las Vegas, Nev. from July 6-17. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly