Obama Administration Appeals Ruling on Tobacco Graphic Warning Labels

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March 6, 2012   On Monday, the Obama administration appealed a decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon that found the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation requiring tobacco companies to put large, graphic health warnings on cigarette packages and advertising to be unconstitutional. Congress passed the law in 2009 ordering the FDA to adopt the regulation, which requires color warning labels big enough to cover the top 50% of cigarette packs front and back panels, and the top 20% of print advertisements. Last week, Judge Leon ruled that requiring tobacco companies to use the graphic labels, which included images of rotting teeth and diseased lungs, was a violation of their free speech rights under the constitution. On Monday, the Obama administration filed its appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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