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US appeals court backs graphic cigarette labels

US appeals court backs graphic cigarette labels

A U.S. appeals court has upheld a law requiring new, bigger graphic warning labels on cigarette packs.
The lawsuit is one of two by tobacco companies against federal rules that would make them put large images on cigarette packs depicting the health ravages of smoking.
A judge in the other case blocked the new requirement, arguing last month it violated free speech. The government is appealing.
But on Monday, an appeals court in Ohio ruled to uphold parts of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. It also restricts how tobacco products may be marketed.
A lawyer for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company did not immediately return a request for comment.