Judge strikes down regulation on graphic warnings for cigarettes

In 2010, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which, among other things, required the Food and Drug Administration to issue a rule requiring graphic warning labels covering the top half of the front and back of cigarette packs and 20% of cigarette advertising. Ruling in a case challenging the regulation, brought by cigarette company RJ Reynolds and other tobacco companies, a federal judge in Texas ruled yesterday that the FDA's graphic warnings for cigarettes violate the First Amendment and vacated the FDA regulation.

The court's decision is here. A statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, and other public health groups urging the FDA to appeal is here.

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