Setback for tobacco POP

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A U.S. district court judge declined to reconsider a ruling that permits the Food & Drug Administration to ban point-of-purchase self-service displays for tobacco products. Judge William Osteen had earlier ruled the FDA could not control tobacco advertising but could regulate "access" to tobacco products at retail. The Point of Purchase Advertising Institute had asked the judge to rule POP self-service displays were advertising exempt from FDA regulation. The judge's entire ruling on the FDA tobacco plan is under appeal.

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