TOPEKA – (October 23, 2020) – With smoking still the number one preventable killer in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration may lawfully require cigarette packages to contain graphic warnings about the health consequences of tobacco use, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has told a federal court.Schmidt joined attorneys general from 27 states and the District of Columbia in filing a brief last week supporting the requirement. In March, the FDA issued the requirements to increase the public’s awareness of the serious health consequences of cigarette smoking. Philip Morris, Inc., sued the FDA in May to block implementation of the new rules, claiming the requirements violate the company’s First Amendment free speech rights. “Kansas long...
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AG Derek Schmidt: FDA requirement for graphic warnings on cigarette packages is constitutional