WATCH: Big Tobacco’s Victory Press Conference (Saunders Cartoon)


Editors’ note: Mother Jones illustrator Zina Saunders creates editorial animations riffing on the political news and current events of the week. In August, five of the largest tobacco companies joined together in a lawsuit to block the FDA from requiring graphic warning labels on cigarettes that show the health consequences of smoking. Last week, Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon gave them their wish, deciding that such warnings infringe on the First Amendment rights of tobacco companies. As always, that’s Zina Saunders doing her own voice work. Also read: The Graphic Warnings Labels That Big Tobacco Squelched (Slideshow)

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