A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to curb smoking, ruling that the city can’t force stores selling tobacco to post graphic images of rotting lungs and teeth.

The decision by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said New York City usurped federal power over warning consumers about tobacco risks when the Board of Health in 2009 required all retailers of cigarettes to display the posters.

It is about time Emperor Bloomberg is put in his place.



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