The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
The R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is a tobacco manufacturing company based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Throughout their history, they have advocated on behalf of the tobacco industry, specifically in regard to advertising and other public affairs. First founded in 1875, the R.J. Reynolds company has spent the majority of its existence fighting against the FDA and other organizations that seek to warn the public about the dangers of smoking.
Most recently, in the case R.J. Reynolds v. FDA, the company challenged the administration on first amendment grounds. This was in response to the FDA’s graphic warning label rule, which requires tobacco companies to place graphic warnings on all of their products and advertisements. These actions taken by R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies are a prime example of the role they play in hurting their customers.