This is an interesting article about the court battle between the cigarette companies and the government. The government wants to force cigarette makers to include graphic warning illustrations on the packets. But the cigarette makers say that the government mandate violates their First Amendment right of freedom of speech. In November a temporary injunction blocked the publication of the images, and the final court ruling is expected soon.
The anti-smoking community hopes that the images would be more effective than the text-only warning labels already on the packets, serving to disgust/frighten potential customers and drive them away from purchasing the items. How have the text-only warning labels existed for decades? The article explains: “there is a legal distinction between requiring labels that state facts and requiring illustrations that serve to actively advocate against the purchase of the product.”