Federal Appeals Court Unphased by Tobacco Company Arguments

Last Friday, the tobacco industry wanted to overturn U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler’s 2006 ruling of tobacco companies engaging in racketeering. Kessler ordered tobacco companies to stop using terms like “light” and “low tar” on their products and to also pay for print and broadcast advertisements however did not say what corrective statements needed to be made in these advertisements.

In 2009, a law allowed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to require graphic cigarette warning advertisements on cigarette packaging. However, tobacco companies found this requirement to be “unnecessary” (Associated Press).

Some tobacco companies are challenging the FDA in separate cases. Last month, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon blocked the FDA’s requirement for tobacco companies to add graphic warnings to cigarette packaging. The Obama Administration appealed this ruling, which is still awaiting a further decision.

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