Tobacco Warning Labels Ready By 2021 At Earliest, FDA Says

By Alison Noon (October 5, 2018, 8:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in court documents Friday the earliest it can finish revamping tobacco warning labels is summer 2021, explaining the government can't rush building an arsenal of research and public input on graphic, full-color warnings that Big Tobacco already once derailed.

The FDA submitted an "expedited schedule" to U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in response to her September ruling that the agency "unlawfully withheld" and "unreasonably delayed" action on the warning graphics, such as black lungs or oral cancer, required under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009.

The FDA said that it...

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