On Monday, March 20th, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products, including the graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging. The Appeals Court agreed with a lower court’s decision to allow the FDA to authorize the use of cigarette warning labels, which was under previous debate for violating free speech rights of tobacco manufacturers.
Last month, a federal judge deemed these advertisements as violations to free speech rights however, this decision was appealed by the Obama Administration. A hearing is scheduled next month at the U.S. Court of Appeals on this matter.
The graphics on the cigarette labels included images of diseased lungs and rotting teeth that cover at least half of the front and back of cigarette cartridges. These labels are the cause of a 2009 Family Smoking Preevention and Tobacco Control Act, which allowed the FDA “to regulate the content, marketing and sale of tobacco products.”
The anti-smoking group American Legacy Foundation said, “This decision stands as an important step forward in the effort to protect Americans from the deadly ravages of tobacco.”
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