Implementation of Graphic Health Warnings for Cigarettes Halted in the U.S.!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
We are disappointed to learn that the U.S. Department of Justice will not ask the Supreme Court to review the ruling on the constitutionality of the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed graphic health warnings. For now, implementation of the FDA’s stellar rule to make smokers, especially young smokers, more aware of the dangers of smoking through graphic health warning has been halted. However, there are two positive notes in the government’s announcement – first, it is noteworthy that the Department of Justice vigorously defended the constitutionality of the graphic warnings in lawsuits filed by the tobacco industry; and second, the FDA has made a commitment to "go back to the drawing board to develop the warnings as required by legislation passed by Congress in 2009.”
NAQC will support the FDA in its efforts to develop new warning labels and encourages its members and partners to do the same. The use of graphic health warnings in countries throughout the world has been an effective strategy for communicating the dangers of tobacco use to smokers. We hope that FDA will make every effort to expedite this work, thereby making more effective health warnings available to smokers in the U.S.
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Linda A. Bailey, JD, MHS
President and CEO
North American Quitline Consortium