Judge blocks FDA warning images on cigarette labels

We’ve previously told you about Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements, an FDA ruling that would have required all cigarette companies to display graphic, disturbing images depicting the tragic consequences of smoking. The law had been set to take effect in 2012, but it was placed on hold earlier this month when U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled that that the images were a violation of the U.S. Constitution and he issued a preliminary injunction to block the images until 15 months after the resolution of the lawsuit.

“It is abundantly clear from viewing these images that the emotional response they were crafted to induce is calculated to provoke the viewer to quit, or never to start smoking — an objective wholly apart from disseminating purely factual and uncontroversial information,” Leon wrote in his opinion.

Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, told USA Today that he expects that the litigation may continue all the way to the Supreme Court.

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