HARTFORD, CT (CBSNewYork) – A number of Senators are asking the Justice Department to appeal the court ruling that found tobacco companies can’t be compelled to label cigarettes with graphic photos of ailments that may afflict long term smokers.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

But Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut believes cigarette packages are the very place for these photographs.

“The labels are truthful. The tobacco companies may not like the truth to be told and the court outrageously and wrongly decided to impede the truth and that’s why there should be an appeal,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

In all seven Senators are seeking this appeal, among them Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

How do you feel about the graphic labels? Sound off in the comments section below! Please not whether you are a smoker.

Comments (4)
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  2. Smokey Roydz says:

    It’s not acceptable to hurt yourself with a legal product (tobacco), but highly desirable to join the military and get killed in some bogus oil war. Has anyone noticed that this country has not won a war since WWII? But the war on tobacco rages on. Go figure.

    1. Michael H. says:

      We technically have not even been in a declared “war” since WW2. Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq…not one of them was a declared war.

  3. Forced Image Selection says:

    How can you mandate and force a company to use certain images!? Forget about cigarette company, Let’s require Apple to have pictures of Chinese labor camps for their iPad/iPhone. Let’s have required photos of banks showing images of greed and wealth.

    This is preposterous. How can you even regulate this? Do you have a separate company “review” a cigarette companies packaging and say . . . sorry, you have no graphical images on your packaging.” or “sorry, the image you picked is somewhat graphical but not good enough, pick another one.”

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