Wanted: Stronger Cigarette Warnings
A coalition of health groups is suing the Food and Drug Administration, demanding it place more graphic warning labels on cigarette packs.
Under federal law, the FDA had until 2011 to order cigarette makers to cover their packages with more explicit warning labels. But the proposed stronger warnings have been tied up in court for years.
The suit claims: “The FDA has been in violation [of the 2009 law] for more than four years. During that time, over 3 million Americans, the vast majority of them minors, have begun to smoke on a regular basis. Half of them will die prematurely as a result of tobacco-related disease.”
Eight groups are involved in the suit, filed in Boston. The American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics are among the groups. A Canadian study suggests graphic warnings might help reduce fatalities from smoking.
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