Until this week, the tobacco wars of the late 1990s have been fought in almost every legal venue except the Supreme Court. On Dec. 1, the issue arrives at the marble palace with full force.

Both sides are treating seriously the complex issues in Food and Drug Administration v. Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp., with a full range of briefs from the parties and amicus curiae groups laying out the history of tobacco regulation and arguing the question at hand: Should the FDA have jurisdiction over tobacco?

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