U.S. appeals court backs graphic cigarette labels

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a law
requiring new, bigger graphic warning labels on cigarette packs.

The lawsuit was filed in Kentucky. It's one of two suits by
tobacco companies against the federal rules that would make them
slap large images on cigarette packs depicting the health ravages
of smoking.

The other case has so far resulted in a federal judge in
Washington blocking the new requirement, arguing last month it
violated free speech. That decision is being appealed by the

But on Monday, an appeals court in Ohio ruled 2-1 to uphold
parts of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act,
which also restricts how tobacco products may be marketed.

A lawyer for N.C.-based R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company did not
immediately return a request for comment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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