We’ve reported before on the FDA’s latest proposed warning labels for cigarette packages, the ones including a man breathing through a tracheotomy hole, a small child being harmed by smoke, a cadaver, and teeth and gums mangled by cancer, among others.
The major tobacco companies have decided to fight this proposed labels and are suing the FDA. These five companies – R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, Commonwealth, Liggett, and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco – argue the government is violating their First Amendment rights to free speech by forcing them to tell clients not to buy a lawful product.
What do you think? Is this an issue of free speech or public health? Where is the balance? Should we put graphic warning labels with pictures of people who have lost limbs due to diabetes on McDonald’s Big Macs? Should cigarettes be outlawed altogether due to their deadly nature and high costs to society? Or, should personal freedom trump all in America?