Tobacco companies and the Food and Drug Administration have been head to head over warning labels on cigarette packages. The FDA created a set of graphic warning labels to display the dangers of smoking and persuade people to stop lighting up.
But in the latest ruling, a judge declared that the labels violate the free speech amendment to the Constitution, requiring smaller labels to be placed instead. Just how graphic are the FDA’s proposed labels?
The FDA says it evaluated the 36 proposed warning labels on their ability “to effectively communicate the health risks of smoking to the public.” It picked the nine winning labels after months of discussion, with input from health experts, the public, and other “stakeholders.”
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