U.S. Appeals court backs FDA's graphic tobacco warning labels

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One of the FDA's graphic tobacco warning labels that the agency wants placed on cigarette packs.
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(CBS/AP) Will graphic tobacco warning labels be slapped on cigarette packs after all? A federal appeals court has upheld a law requiring new, bigger graphic warning labels on cigarette packs.

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The lawsuit was filed in Kentucky. It's one of two suits by tobacco companies against the federal rules that would make them slap large images on cigarette packs depicting the health ravages of smoking.

The other case has so far resulted in a federal judge in Washington blocking the new requirement, arguing last month it violated free speech, HealthPopreported. That decision is being appealed by the government.

But on Monday, an appeals court in Ohio ruled 2-1 to uphold parts of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which also restricts how tobacco products may be marketed.

A lawyer for N.C.-based R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company did not immediately return a request for comment.

While the FDA battles out their label requirements in courts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its own graphic tobacco warnings that will appear in printand ads across the country.

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