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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Federal Court Orders FDA to Issue Final Rule Requiring Graphic Cigarette Warnings by March 15, 2020.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Truth Initiative
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a major victory for the nation’s health and the fight against tobacco, a federal court on Tuesday ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a final rule mandating graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising by March 15, 2020.
 
The order by U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts was in response to a lawsuit filed in October 2016 by eight public health and medical groups and several individual pediatricians. In a September 2018 ruling, Judge Talwani agreed with the health groups that the FDA has both “unlawfully withheld” and “unreasonably delayed” agency action to require the graphic warnings.
 
In response to Judge Talwani’s ruling, the FDA proposed issuing the final graphic warnings rule by May 2021. Instead, Judge Talwani ordered the FDA to issue a proposed rule by August 15, 2019, and a final rule by March 15, 2020.
 
The court’s order to expedite the graphic cigarette warnings is a major victory in the fight against tobacco use, the nation’s No. 1 cause of preventable death. The current U.S. cigarette warnings, which are printed on the side of cigarette packs and haven’t been updated since 1984, are stale, unnoticed and fail to contribute to greater progress in reducing cigarette smoking. Studies around the world have shown that graphic warnings are most effective at informing consumers about the health risks of smoking, preventing children and other nonsmokers from starting to smoke, and motivating smokers to quit. Requiring graphic cigarette warnings in the U.S. will protect kids, save lives and reduce tobacco-related health care costs, which total $170 billion a year.
 
The 2016 lawsuit was filed 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. The plaintiffs have been represented by the legal staff of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Boston law firm of Anderson & Krieger LLP.


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