SCOTUS Rejects Challenge to Graphic Warning Labels for Cigarettes

Posted April 30, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected the tobacco industry's challenge to a federal law that would require graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, originally passed in 2009, provides the Food and Drug Administration with the authority to mandate warning labels on tobacco products. While a second appeals court decision that blocked the label changes still stands, that decision was just for those specific proposed labels. The FDA plans to conduct additional research on graphic warning labels and propose a new rule on labeling.

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