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FDA: Doing right things but still getting sued!!!!

Posted by: Mehak in Effects of Smoking


We all know smoking is injurious to health. FDA has regulations that all the tobacco companies must abide by. These regulations are made so as to inform people of the perspective bad effects of smoking. But, how far can FDA go? Yes, the extent up to which FDA can make regulations is also limited. If they do not stop at that extent, they can be sued. And that is exactly what is happening.

Five tobacco companies, including some of the largest in the United States, have filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Tuesday. The basis of their lawsuit is that government mandated graphic warning labels on cigarette packages unconstitutionally infringes on the companies’ rights.

FDA wants the tobacco companies to put nine new warning labels, complete with graphic photos and the phone number 1-800-QUIT-NOW. FDA regulations say that starting in September 2012; half of each cigarette package will have to display one of those new labels.

The companies suing FDA say that they have no issues with written wording, but FDA does not has the right to  require half of a cigarette pack to scream out, 'Don't buy this product!," According to their attorney,  It's the direct advocacy to not buy the product, as opposed to a straightforward warning."


But isn't it necessary to let everyone make rethink about their decision of smoking every time they smoke? After all, smoking is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States, and it claims almost half a million lives each year.

All this has raised a question- What is more IMPORTANT?-Doing what is right and better for everyone or Doing things that make business sense and does not hurt revenues of people who produce such things!!!!


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Emma Alexandra
written by Emma Alexandra, Thursday, 02:25 PM, August 18, 2011
hmmm... I agree with both the cigarette companies and the FDA. the FDA cannot make the companies have a certain percentage of their packaging a warning. Cigarettes already have warnings, there are campaigns against smoking. Also, these companies have already had to do this in Europe where the government can legally force this and guess what... there was no significant drop in sales.
Also, smokers make decisions on their own. The FDA is not about to "save" all of them. This campaign is missing the point and if the FDA loses the lawsuit, they will look like tyrants who want to take over private business. That again will jot help their cause

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