When the federal government decided to place graphic images on cigarette packaging most of us knew there would be a battle. According to a CNN news report the battle has been decided. A federal mandate requiring tobacco companies to place explicit images on their products cautionary of the dangers of smoking was tossed out Wednesday by a judge in Washington with the judge saying the requirements were a degradation of free speech. Unfortunately, because Congress did not assume the First Amendment implications of this lawmaking it did not concern itself with how the regulations could be narrowly geared to deflect unintentionally compelling commercial speech said federal Judge Richard Leon in his 19 page ruling. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act passed in 2009 would have called for nine written warnings such as: Cigarettes are addictive and Tobacco smoke causes harm to children .Also included would have been alternating images of a carcass and smoke infected lungs. A cadre of tobacco companies led by R J Reynolds and Lorillard had sued saying the warnings would be budget excessive and would disenfranchise and distress the packaging and promotion of their selective brands. The legal question was whether the new labeling was morally factual and dependable in nature or was premeditated to deflect use of the products. Dr. Stuart Kincaid warns patients who are smokers that there are specific risks associated with surgery for smokers. Patients who who are considering procedures known as lifting procedures which include breast lift, abdominoplasty, and facelift are of particular concern along the incision line. These incisions have tension on the closure and because the skin is compromised, patients could experience delayed wound healing. This in turn could cause less than optimal scarring. The best case scenario is if patients stop smoking at least four weeks prior to surgery.
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