Tobacco Products

Cigarette Health Warnings

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act requires FDA to include new warning labels on cigarette packages and in cigarette advertisements.  On June 22, 2011, FDA published a final rule requiring color graphics depicting the negative health consequences of smoking to accompany the nine new textual warning statements.  However, the final rule was challenged in court by several tobacco companies, and on August 24, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the rule and remanded the matter to the Agency.[1]  On December 5, 2012, the Court denied the government’s petition for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc.  The government decided not to seek further review of the Court’s ruling.  Therefore, information listed on this page became outdated and was archived.

FDA will move forward to implement the Tobacco Control Act and is committed to reducing death and disease from tobacco use by bringing science-based regulation to the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products.

[1] R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al., v. Food & Drug Administration, et al., 696 F.3d 1205 (D.C. Cir. 2012)


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