Big Tobacco challenging graphic cigarette ads

Three examples of proposed warning graphics that will appear on cigarette packaging as part of the government's new tobacco prevention efforts, seen in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

August 23, 2011 2:02:00 PM PDT
New graphic ads scheduled to appear on cigarette packaging next month will be challenged in court.

If the tobacco industry has its way, graphic advertising warning about the dangers of smoking will never appear on packaging. And, Tuesday, a judge decided to let the industry have its day in court.

This is all part of the 2009 law passed by Congress that requires color warnings of the health risks of smoking on cigarette packages and on printed advertising. They include dead bodies, diseased lungs and a man on a ventilator.

The tobacco industry says the warnings force them to engage in anti-smoking advocacy on behalf of the government

A judge set a hearing date of September 21.