updated 2/21/2006 11:35:04 AM ET 2006-02-21T16:35:04

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal by two tobacco companies who claimed California’s tough anti-smoking ads smeared their reputations.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. had asked the justices to overturn a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that rejected the companies’ claims that their First Amendment rights were violated by California’s ad campaign.

California uses part of an 87-cent tax on every package of cigarettes to fund health education that includes a campaign to discourage smoking.

The ads included a scene where cigarettes rained down on children playing in a schoolyard as a voice, purportedly of a tobacco executive, announced, “We have to sell cigarettes to your kids. We need half a million new smokers a year just to stay in business ... It’s nothing personal. You understand.”

The companies objected to the state using revenue from taxes on cigarettes, effectively forcing the tobacco industry to pay to vilify itself. The case is Reynolds v. Shewry, 05-867.

© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

Data: Latest rates in the US

Home equity rates View rates in your area
Home equity type Today +/- Chart
$30K HELOC FICO 3.79%
$30K home equity loan FICO 4.99%
$75K home equity loan FICO 4.69%
Credit card rates View more rates
Card type Today +/- Last Week
Low Interest Cards 13.83%
13.79%
Cash Back Cards 17.80%
17.78%
Rewards Cards 17.18%
17.17%
Source: Bankrate.com