American Lung Association calls for appeal over warning signs decision
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
One of the US's leading health bodies has voiced its disappointment over the decision to reject a law requiring all businesses in New York that sell tobacco to put up health warning signs.
The American Lung Association is now urging an appeal of the Federal Court's decision.
According to the association, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in both the United States and New York.
"The city's warning signs portray factual messages about the dangers of smoking, and serve as a health reminder to consumers," the organisation said.
On January 20th, the association will publish its annual State of Tobacco Control report, which rates the strength of federal and state legislation protecting citizens from tobacco-related disease.
The anti-smoking signs were barred because they would violate the free speech rights of tobacco retailers.
US District Judge Jed Rakoff was quoted by news agency Reuters as saying: "Even merchants of morbidity are entitled to the full protection of the law, for our sake as well as theirs."
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