FDA will design new cigarette labels - WRBL

FDA will design new cigarette labels

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Big tobacco companies can breathe a sigh of relief.

The Food and Drug Administration has scrapped a series of graphic warning labels for cigarettes after deciding not to challenge a court ruling that said the shocking images violated free-speech protections.

These are some of those graphic images.

They include a man exhaling smoke through a hole in his throat; a baby next to a cloud of smoke...and diseased lungs next to healthy lungs.

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Food and Drug Administration will propose new labels, but that could take a few years.

According to the Centers for Disease Control the percentage of adult Americans who smoke has declined since 1965 from 42.4% to 18.9% in 2011.

The CDC says cigarette smoking is the leading cause of "preventable death" in the United States, killing about 443,000 people per year as of 2004.

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