Federal Judge Rules FDA Must Let Tobacco Companies Use Color, Graphics in Advertising

A federal judge in Kentucky says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must let tobacco companies use color and graphics in their advertising.

U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley ruled late Monday that some marketing restrictions in the law giving the FDA authority over tobacco products violate tobacco companies' free speech rights.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., maker of Camel cigarettes; Lorillard, which sells Newport menthols, and other tobacco companies sued in August to block the restrictions, part of a law passed in June.

McKinley also ruled the FDA must let companies say it has approved their products.