EU health and consumer affairs Commissioner David Byrne has thrown a lyrical punch at Japan Tobacco International, which has taken the European Commission to the European Court of Justice over its restrictions on "light" and "low tar" descriptors. JTI claims violations of intellectual property rights; Byrne's retort: "Isn't it ironic - to see an industry citing 'freedom of speech' - when its own products rot the tongues and mouths of its consumers to a stony premature silence."

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