Obama administration appeals cigarette pack ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is appealing a
judge's order blocking a requirement that tobacco companies put
graphic images warning about the dangers of smoking on cigarette
packs.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled earlier this month that
the cigarette makers are likely to succeed in a lawsuit to stop a
Food and Drug Administration requirement that they put images
across the top half of all their packs. The images included photos
of dead and diseased smokers, which Leon said went beyond conveying
the facts about health risks into stop-smoking advocacy.

The requirement was supposed to go into effect next year. But
Leon blocked it until after the lawsuit is resolved, which could
take years.

The administration filed a notice of appeal Tuesday to the U.S.
Court of Appeals in Washington.


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