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(NPR) — The FDA is proposing a new rule to require tobacco companies to include graphic warnings on cigarette packages and tobacco ads.
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The Food and Drug Administration has rolled out a proposed rule to require tobacco companies to include graphic warnings, depicting some of the lesser known health risks of smoking tobacco products.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday rolled out a proposed rule to require tobacco companies to include graphic warnings on cigarette packages and tobacco ads with the aim of promoting “greater public understanding of the negative health consequences of smoking,” the agency said in a statement.

The photo-realistic images and detailed health risk warnings, which would replace the standard Surgeon General's warnings, were mandated under a 2009 law that requires the agency to include new warning labels about smoking's negative health effects. But the tobacco industry successfully blocked the FDA's rule intended to require such labeling in court. They won a lawsuit that claimed the proposed labels were scare tactics. In the end, a federal court determined that the agency's rule violated the First Amendment.

Source: NPR, full story

 

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