It seems that the U. S. Food and Drug Administration is not at all happy with a recent ruling that asks the FDA that they should not force cigarette companies to display graphic images that shows side effects of smoking.
In order to express their disapproval about the three-judge appeals panel, the FDA officials have asked that the review of the court proceedings should be carried out. The judges were of the view that the government has not shown any evidence, which states that images will be able to bring a decline in the smoking percentage.
"The First Amendment does not require statistical proof of the extent to which the decline in smoking rates resulted `directly' from the new health warnings", said the FDA officials while filing for the review.
The war between the FDA and the tobacco companies seems to be taking a different tangent. Some of the many tobacco companies like Commonwealth Brands Inc., Liggett Group LLC and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. took action against the GDA and sued them for infirming their intellectual property rights.
It now has to be seen that whether the FDA is able to prove that the images are vital in bringing a decline in the tobacco rate, or not.
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