Tobacco companies sue FDA over graphic warnings
- If the FDA gets its way, by Oct. 22, 2012, every pack of cigarettes sold in the United States will carry one of nine graphic, full-color, gross warnings reminding people of just how horrible smoking is for their health. The image might be a pair of healthy lungs next to a pair of blackened and diseased lungs. Or a man smoking out of a hole in his throat. Or a mouth with sores on the lips and teeth all yellowed and decayed.But tobacco companies are fighting that plan. On Tuesday, five U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government, saying the mandatory warnings would violate their free speech rights.