FDA to scrap graphic cigarette warning labels

In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use.

March 21, 2013 11:11:53 AM PDT
The Food and Drug Administration has scrapped a series of graphic warning labels for cigarettes.

The agency has decided not to challenge a court ruling that said the shocking images violated First Amendment protections against compelled commercial speech.

Attorney General Eric Holder says the FDA will propose new labels, but that could take a few years.

The Centers for Disease Control says cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing hundreds of thousands of people a year.

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