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Supreme Court Rejects Tobacco Industry Challenge Regarding Graphic Cigarette Labels

Also, a New York City proposal would increase the age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21.

The Wall Street Journal: Tobacco Industry's Challenge to Law Requiring Graphic Labels Is Rejected
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a tobacco-industry challenge to a 2009 federal law that requires graphic warning labels on cigarettes and expanded marketing restrictions on tobacco products. The challengers argued that parts of the law, which gave the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco, violated their constitutional free-speech rights (Kendall and Dooren, 4/22).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: NYC Proposes Raising Minimum Age For Cigarette Purchases From 18 To 21
After years of striving to set a national agenda for curbing smoking, New York City may set a new bar by becoming the most populous place in America to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. A new proposal would increase the threshold from 18, a federal minimum that is the standard in many places. Four states and some communities have raised the age to 19, and at least two towns have agreed to raise it to 21 (4/23).

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