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Tobacco Industry Labels FDA as Domineering

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Tobacco Industry Labels FDA as Domineering

The effects of smoking have been documented over the years, yet millions across the United States continue to inhale.

Although many view the tobacco industry as an evil of capitalism, it maintains certain undeniable rights just like any other company. Noel Francisco, a representative lawyer for tobacco companies, recently defended tobacco companies' right to free speech before three judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Francisco's main gripe was with the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and its restriction on the tobacco industry from making valid comments about their products to their customers.

"It draws no distinction between the good and the bad," Francisco said, according to the source. "It impermissibly restricts the adult population to what is fit for children."

Currently, the Food and Drug Administration mandates that tobacco companies provide customers with warning labels detailing the ill effects that can occur with use of their products.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, more than 20 percent of Americans smoke cigarettes — that's approximately 46 million people.