Cigarette firms sue regulators over graphic warnings on packs

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 26 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5492
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

Five tobacco companies have filed a lawsuit in the US federal court against the Food and Drug Administration over the requirement to include graphic depictions of the risks of smoking on all cigarette packs by September 2012.

The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act requires manufacturers to place colour pictures depicting the risks of smoking on the top half of the front and back panels of cigarette packs and in the prime 20% of print advertisements.

The FDA says that the graphics are useful as part of a “broader strategy to …

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