Tobacco Companies Sue FDA

In 1964 Surgeon General Luther Terry released the first Surgeon General’s Report called Smoking and Health and concluded that smoking caused cancer.
The following year, Congress passed the Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act. It said that every cigarette pack must have a warning label on its side stating “Cigarettes may be hazardous to your health.” Five years later, the warning changed to The Surgeon General Has Determined that Cigarette Smoking is Dangerous to Your Health .

In June of this year, the Food and Drug Administration issued new regulations that will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the US beginning September 2012. These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years. Some labels will offer graphic depictions of the consequences of smoking, while others focus on the impact secondhand smoke can have on other people, such as unborn fetuses, kids and nonsmoking relatives.

Now five major tobacco companies, including R.J. Reynolds and Liggett, are suing the FDA alleging that the FDA warning requirement violated their free speech rights under the First Amendment.

Never before in the United States have producers of a lawful product been required to use their own packaging and advertising to convey an emotionally charged government message urging adult consumers to shun their products,” the companies wrote in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,

The companies also said the new labels will cost them millions of dollars for new equipment so they can frequently change from warning to warning and designers to make sure the labels meet federal requirements while maintaining some distinction among brands.


One Response to Tobacco Companies Sue FDA

  1. Sounds like the Tobacco Companies are not Bribing the Government like MONSANTO IS.

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