The city's Health Department has backed away from a directive that would require any retailers selling cigarettes to display graphic warning signs about the dangers of smoking. The ads were to have been posted near the cash register, and would have provided information about how to quit smoking. But big tobacco put up a big fight about the requirement, and they're suing to stop it in federal court. So the city has agreed to stop enforcing the rule until the case is heard, NY1 reports. Tobacco companies argue that the requirement deprives retailers of their right to free speech.
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