FDA to scrap graphic cigarette warning labels
WASHINGTON (KTRK) -- The Food and Drug Administration has scrapped a series of graphic warning labels for cigarettes.
The agency has decided not to challenge a court ruling that said the shocking images violated First Amendment protections against compelled commercial speech.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the FDA will propose new labels, but that could take a few years.
The Centers for Disease Control says cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing hundreds of thousands of people a year.
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