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Cigarette Graphic Warning Rule Delayed Again After Court Order

Aug. 17, 2022, 2:54 PM

A long-sought FDA rule requiring cigarette packages to include graphic health warnings is now delayed until October 2023 following a recent court order.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and other tobacco manufacturers first filed a lawsuit in 2020 against the Food and Drug Administration over the regulation, which was initially set to take effect in June 2021. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has issued several delays pending litigation, and on Aug. 10 issued an order once again postponing the effective date of the final rule.

The FDA filed a notice in the Federal Register Wednesday to ...