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The Label Industry Is Helping The FDA: Tobacco Manufactured Products Are Going To Receive New Warning Labels Created By The FDA!

June 03, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has partnered with the label industry to change the way cigarettes are packaged.

Warnings about cigarettes are everywhere, in textbooks using descriptive text and pictures, on television commercials and also in written text on the side of each cigarette carton.

The Food and Drug Administration believes that the tobacco industry needs to change and update their warning labels.

The federal law that the tobacco industry is fighting requires graphic warning labels to be added to cigarettes and also expanded the marketing restrictions of tobacco products.

The tobacco industry has challenged the FDA stating that the law is a violation of their constitutional free-speech rights. But, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the tobacco industries challenge.

This law mandates that tobacco manufacturers allot half the space on the front and back of their cigarette packaging for graphic health warnings. The law has also banned marketing practices like cigarette-brand sponsorships of sporting and cultural events.

The FDA believes that these cigarette labels, which haven’t been updated in almost thirty years, need a drastic change. They believe it’s no longer okay to have warnings in small text located on the sides of cigarette packaging.

Though the FDA plans to continue moving forward with this new law it could still be years before the graphic warning labels actually appear on U.S. cigarettes.

With the help of the label industry the FDA plans to increase warning labels using graphic images and text so that consumers better understand what they’re putting into their bodies.

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