Judge blocks rules requiring graphic images on cigarette packs
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A federal judge formally blocked new rules that would have forced tobacco companies to display graphic images on packs of cigarettes that were designed to shock consumers and deter them from smoking.
The Wednesday ruling, which was presaged by a temporary injunction issued by the same judge in November, strikes a blow to one of the government’s most aggressive efforts to prevent deaths linked to cigarettes.
At issue were regulations published by the Food and Drug Administration last year in response to congressional legislation. The rules required tobacco firms to affix large warning labels to cigarette packages, cartons and advertising. The warnings were to include such images as a bare-chested cadaver and a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a tracheotomy hole.
The Justice Department, which appealed the temporary restraining order, is also expected to appeal Wednesday’s ruling.