Studies from countries where these images have always been in place suggest "that graphic warnings encourage smokers to quit and discourage nonsmokers from smoking initiation", Folan said.
The FDA said it would develop a new batch of labels, but when new ones didn't appear, eight health groups sued the agency in 2016 for the "unreasonable delay". The images detail risks associated with smoking like lung disease, cataracts and cancer.
The FDA tried this tactic in 2011, but Big Tobacco sued and got the courts to throw out the rule.
WARNING: Smoking during pregnancy stunts fetal growth. Despite declines in cigarette smoking, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the USA, killing about 480,000 Americans every year - more than alcohol, HIV, auto accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.
It's quite a jump from 20 years ago, when Canada became the first and only country to put graphic warnings on cigarettes. Given the degree of public and stakeholder interest in this area, the FDA is also seeking proposals for alternative text and images, as well as scientific information to support a finding that the alternative text and images would advance the government interest in promoting greater public understanding of the negative health consequences of smoking.
Taken together, these federal court decisions mean the FDA is still legally obligated to require graphic health warnings, and the agency is free to use different images than those struck down by the D.C. Circuit in 2012.
About 34.3 million US adults and almost 1.4 million USA youth (ages 12-17) now smoke cigarettes, according to the agency.
A picture of a sick child with an oxygen mask warns that tobacco smoke can harm your children. A panel of judges ruled that the agency couldn't force tobacco companies to slap grisly images of dead bodies, diseased lungs and cancerous mouth sores on cigarette packs. These realistic images were mandated under a law passed in 2009 that requires the agencies to include new warning labels about smoking's negative health effects. A final rule is expected to be issued by March 2020.
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The move would mark the first revisal since the Surgeon General's warning was introduced to cigarette packaging and advertisements in 1984.
Cigarette packs would have to carry very large warning labels that would feature color photos graphically illustrating the damage smoking can cause, the FDA said Thursday.
According to the World Health Organization, 91 countries already mandate strong graphic warnings on packaging, covering 52% of the world's population.
"As a cancer doctor and researcher, I am well aware of the staggering toll inflicted on the public health by tobacco products, which cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and other medical problems", Ned Sharpless, acting FDA commissioner, said in a news release on Thursday. Prior to 2009, when Congress passed the Tobacco Control Act, only 18 countries required graphic warnings, showing how far behind the rest of the world the US has fallen over the past 10 years.
In a September 5, 2018 ruling, Judge Indira Talwani of the U.S. District Court for the District of MA ruled in favor of our health groups, finding that the FDA "unlawfully withheld" and "unreasonably delayed" agency action to require the graphic warnings.
But it's still unclear if these new warnings will be met with with a challenge in court.
"We firmly support the public awareness of the harms of smoking cigarettes", she said in a statement.