FDA Scrapping Graphic Cigarette Warnings, Will Propose New Labels

RICHMOND, Va. —┬áThe U.S. government is abandoning a legal battle and will not appeal a court decision blocking it from requiring tobacco companies to put large, graphic health warnings on cigarette packages, reported the Associated Press.

In a letter obtained by AP, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration will go back to the drawing board and propose new labels.

A judge ruled last year that the requirement violated First Amendment free speech protections. An appeals court upheld that ruling.

Several tobacco companies sued to block the mandate to include warnings depicting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit. They argued the warnings amounted to anti-smoking advocacy. The government argued the photos of dead and diseased smokers were factual.


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#1 Cigarman on 03.20.13 at 6:30 PM

No kidding this was a given – the FDA just really doesn’t like losing. Pretty bad run lately.

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