Uncategorized

Big tobacco sues FDA over new warning labels (video)

Five tobacco companies have filed suit against the federal government, arguing the proposed new graphic warnings for cigarette packages infringe on the companies’ rights.

The FDA unveiled nine new warning labels earlier this summer, mandating that half of each cigarette pack display one of the images starting in September 2012.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco Co., Commonwealth Brands Inc., Liggett Group LLC and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. contend that the new labels are not just punative, but violate their right to free speech.

While the FDA will not comment on the pending litigation, Melva Fager Okun of N.C. Prevention Partners says the U.S. is finally catching up with anti-tobacco public health campaigns in other countries. And Okun believes the FDA will prevail in this legal challenge.

Okun recently appeared on News & Views to discuss the new warning labels and other anti-smoking efforts.  To hear a portion of that interview, click below. To see the FDA anti-smoking labels that led to the lawsuit, click here.

4 Comments


  1. […] companies file lawsuit over warning labelsAnderson Independent MailTheStreet.com -The Progressive Pulseall 1,019 news articles » var AdBrite_Title_Color = '0000FF'; var AdBrite_Text_Color = […]

  2. […] NewsTobacco companies file lawsuit over warning labelsThe Times and DemocratTheStreet.com -The Progressive Pulse -Daily Callerall 1,019 news […]

  3. […] Headline NewsControversy Over Cigarette Warning Labels Brings LawsuitHealthNewsTheStreet.com -The Progressive Pulse -ABC Newsall 1,020 news […]

  4. […] companies file lawsuit over warning labelsAnderson Independent MailWTVR -TheStreet.com -The Progressive Pulseall 1,019 news […]

Check Also

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. Merit or maps? Judges’ futures could come ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement refuses to disclose any details of probe into alle [...]

Senate favors form of merit selection for judges as alternative to House judicial redistricting bill [...]

North Carolinians hoping to find out who’s been funding Rep. Justin Burr’s crusade this legislative [...]

The SePro Corporation is receiving as much as $1.3 million in taxpayer money to chemically kill the [...]

Here is something you probably haven’t heard much lately, if at all, given the shocking news from Ch [...]

Lawmakers to return to Raleigh yet again; agenda may include dangerous “de-reg” proposal The North C [...]

The three federal judges could have just come right out and said it: The Republicans who rule the N. [...]

3---number of states that adopted new state Earned Income Tax Credits in 2017---Montana, Hawaii, and [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more