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FDA Defends Its Decision of Lawsuit Against Cigarette Companies
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To rebut the contention of five of the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturing giants by way of a lawsuit, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sought court orders blocking any delay in implementing the new regulations that require graphic warning labels on cigarette packages to take effect from September 2012. The plea of economic harm raised by the plaintiff companies, even taken at its face value, the FDA have emphasized, does not entitle them to preliminary relief as the “alleged cost of preparing the revised warnings represents approximately one-tenth of one percent of their annual net sales”. U.S. District Judge has fixed Sept 21 for preliminary hearing.

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FDA Defends Graphic Labels against Cigarette Companies’ Lawsuit

  
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