publication date: Oct. 28, 2016

Public Health Groups Sue to Force FDA to Mandate Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes

By Tessa Vellek

Eight public health and medical groups filed suit in federal court to force FDA to issue a final rule requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising.

The lawsuit was filed in Boston by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Truth Initiative, and several individual pediatricians.

“We have good scientific data that graphic warnings actually make people think long and hard about if they want to smoke,” Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, said to The Cancer Letter. “I think of graphic warnings as a way to show people the harmful effects smoking has, and to remove the glamour and deceit that the tobacco companies have brought forth over the years.”

The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act required warnings covering the top half of the front and back of cigarette packs and 20 percent of cigarette advertising and gave FDA until June 22, 2011, to issue a final rule requiring such warnings.

“FDA has been in violation [of the 2009 law] for … Continue reading Public Health Groups Sue to Force FDA to Mandate Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes

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