U.S. Government Won’t Force Tobacco Companies to Put Graphic Images on Cigarette Packages

graphic-cigsThe U.S. government won’t appeal a court decision blocking it from requiring tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Attorney General Eric Holder says the Food and Drug Administration will go back to the drawing board and propose new labels.

The government had until Monday to ask for a U.S. Supreme Court review.

A judge ruled last year that the requirement violated First Amendment free speech protections. An appeals court upheld that ruling.

Some of the largest tobacco companies sued to block the mandate to include warnings depicting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit. They argued the warnings amounted to anti-smoking advocacy. The government argued the photos of dead and diseased smokers were factual.

  • dill

    I have to say this is way out there. I will say yes there needs to be a different approach to try and get people to smoke but the reality is not everyone that smokes gets cancer or a lot of the other things they are depicting in theses pictures.. My Mom Smoked for numerous years died of cancer but was not caused by smoking her cancer was caused by a faulty IUD that had never been removed. If they are going to make tobacco companies put these pictures on cigarettes then they also need to put them on processed foods, and many other things that also cause cancer.

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  • dill

    I meant to quit smoking. sorry

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