The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review lower court decisions upholding the city of Baltimore's partial ban on outdoor ads for tobacco and alcoholic beverages. It was a setback for Anheuser-Busch Cos. and for Penn Advertising, Baltimore, both of which had appealed the case on First Amendment grounds, and to ad industry groups that had supported them. The Outdoor Advertising Association of America called the court's action a "disappointment." Baltimore's restrictions ban outdoor ads for tobacco or alcoholic beverages in residential areas but allow them along interstate highways and in industrial areas.
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