Friday, August 24, 2012

DC Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packs

A Federal Appeals Court struck down today the FDA's proposed requirements to have cigarette manufacturers place graphic labels on all their packaging (think photos of charred lungs, emaciated people on respirators and so on). Lovely images no doubt that may scare off some, but the Court was not persuaded. They said in part:

“FDA failed to present any data—much less the substantial evidence…showing that enacting their proposed graphic warnings will accomplish the agency’s stated objective of reducing smoking rates” the majority on the three-judge panel wrote.”

This one almost certainly will go to the US Supremes for final deliberation.


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