On the one hand it’s disappointing to see them give up the fight. On the other, at least this won’t lead to a SCOTUS ruling that strips the FDA of more power. The fear of such a ruling is why I suspect the FDA gave up.
(Reuters) – The government has dropped its push for cigarette labels to carry images of diseased lungs and other graphic health warnings, and will craft new anti-smoking ads that do not run afoul of free speech rights.
In a letter to Republican House Speaker John Boehner last Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Food and Drug Administration would go back to the drawing board to develop the ads, as required by legislation passed by Congress in 2009.