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Tobacco Companies Sue FDA Over New Graphic Labels

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R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Inc., Commonwealth Brands Inc., Liggett Group LLC., have joined together to filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington against the Food and Drug Administration concerning the new graphic labels that will cover cigarette packs starting September 2012.

The tobacco companies are requesting a preliminary injunction to prevent them from being used. “We believe governments, public-health officials, tobacco manufacturers and others share a responsibility to provide adult tobacco consumers with accurate information about the various health risks associated with smoking,” an attorney for Reynolds, said in a statement. “But this regulation completely disregards core constitutional principles.”

“These labels are frank, honest and powerful depictions of the health risks of smoking, and they will help encourage smokers to quit and prevent children from smoking,” said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, as reported by the Winston-Salem Journal.

However, it is debatable as to whether the graphic images will deter people from smoking. disclaimer: This article: Tobacco Companies Sue FDA Over New Graphic Labels was posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 8:06 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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