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Lawsuit over graphic cigarette labels

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Right now when you buy a pack of smokes, there's the surgeon general's warning on the side, but the federal government wants to implement more graphic images.

This is what has the tobacco companies heated.

Those labels feature graphic and sometimes disturbing pictures in an effort to stop people from smoking.

The new labels show rotten gums and teeth, diseased lungs and even a corpse.

The tobacco companies say the labels violate free speech laws and will cost millions of dollars to produce.

Several public health groups say the feds just want to let people know the effects of tobacco.

They also say current warnings aren't good enough.

The labels are set to appear on cigarette packs next year.

A decision to temporarily stop that could come down next month. 

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