On Monday (April 22), the US Supreme Court let stand an appellate court ruling that upheld most provisions of the 2009 law granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products, including the requirement for large, graphic cigarette warning labels. The Supreme Court announced that it will not hear the tobacco industry’s appeal of a March 2012 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
The 2009 law requires that cigarette packs have graphic warnings that cover the top half of the front and back of cigarette packs and 20 percent of cigarette ads. The American Heart Association was one of the supporters of this law. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says that the graphic warnings are needed to better warn Americans about the consequences of smoking because the current text-only warnings that are printed on both sides of cigarette packs often go unnoticed. These warnings on cigarette packages haven’t been updated since 1984.
Along with supporting the graphic cigarette warnings the court ruling also upheld some other key provisions of the law. Read more about the ruling by visiting the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids site here.
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