FDA Requests Delay In Graphic Warning Label Requirement For Cigarette Packaging

Due to the effects of the ongoing health pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several major cigarette manufacturers have requested a Texas federal judge to delay the enforcement date upon which cigarette manufacturers are required to place graphic warning labels and images on cigarette packaging and advertisements that depict the lesser-known health risks associated with smoking cigarettes.

In its request, the FDA and cigarette manufacturers are asking the court to delay the enforcement date by 120 days from June 18, 2021, to October 16, 2021.

In March, the FDA issued a final rule to establish new cigarette health warnings for cigarette packaging and advertisements.

The final rule implemented a provision of the federal Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that requires the FDA to issue a regulation mandating new text warning messages along with color graphics to replace the current Surgeon General cigarette warning labels.

Under the final rule, retailers are ultimately responsible for ensuring these graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging and advertisements are visible to customers in their stores.

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