American Lung Association Urges Immediate Appeal of Ruling Against Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

Statement of the American Lung Association

Washington, DC (August 24, 2012)

The American Lung Association strongly disagrees with todays decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that would block the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) implementation of graphic warning labels on all cigarette packages and advertisements. The American Lung Association calls on the Department of Justice to immediately appeal this decision and to protect public health by preserving the FDAs authority over tobacco products, as required in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

This ruling presents a direct and immediate threat to public health and the Lung Association strongly disagrees with the 2-1 decision. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit affirmed the FDA’s authority to require graphic warning labels on cigarette packages earlier this year and the split decision means that the U.S. Supreme Court must settle the disagreement.

The American Lung Association and its public health partners filed this amicus brief in support of the Government’s position in December 2011.

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