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Capital Broadcasting Company, et al. v. Mitchell, et al.

Six corporations that operated radio stations challenged the constitutionality of a tobacco control law that banned cigarette advertising on all federally regulated electronic communications media. Although the corporations argued that the ability to disseminate information is integral to the right to freedom of speech, the Court refused to extend full First Amendment protections to advertisements, holding that the advertising ban did not implicate the corporations' right to speak but affected only their monetary interests. The Court further held that the ban did not violate due process because rational bases existed for regulating advertising in broadcast media and in print media differently.  The dissent stated that the ban violated speech protections because it restricted the flow of truthful information to the public.