The federal Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a new law that gives oversight of the industry to the FDA, is being challenged in a federal lawsuit filed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Inc. and several other tobacco companies on free speech grounds. The big tobacco companies aren't taking issue with the FDA's authority over tobacco products, but they claim the law's marketing controls "severely restrict the few remaining channels we have to communicate with adult tobacco consumers." The FDA did not comment on the litigation.

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