D.C. Circuit hears graphic tobacco label case

FDA asks court to undo district court’s decision finding labels unconstitutional

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tried to persuade the D.C. Circuit to undo a district court ruling finding that the agency’s new controversial tobacco labels are unconstitutional.

At the end of February, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled that the FDA’s requirement that tobacco companies include graphic labels on cigarette packaging violates the companies’ free speech rights. But the FDA contends that the labels in question—which feature disconcerting images of rotting teeth, diseased lungs, a man smoking through a hole in his throat and more—accurately depict the risks of smoking and are a vital warning to consumers.

Ashley Post

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