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A mock-up of a warning label for sodas and sugary drinks proposed in California by public health advocates.
California Center for Public Health Advocacy
April 9, 2015 New legislation in California and New York proposes a label for sugary beverages. The label looks like the warning on cigarette packages, but the beverage industry has called it "misleading."
Will this maker of snus, an alternative to cigarettes, be allowed to claim it is less harmful?
April 1, 2015 The product is called snus — a tiny bag of smokeless tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. A Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.
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A cigarette warning label image approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Food and Drug Administration
January 15, 2013 Researchers found that graphic warning labels had a greater impact on smokers' intentions to quit than written warnings. Reactions to the visual warnings were similar across racial and income groups, which researchers say is important because of higher rates of tobacco-related disease among some minorities and the poor.
February 29, 2012 U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled that a requirement for cigarette makers to put large, gruesome labels on their products violates free speech rights. Foes of the tobacco industry urged the Justice Department to appeal.
The FDA recently updated the anti-smoking messages it includes on cigarette packages to add graphic images.
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June 27, 2011 By refusing to throw out a $270 million jury award, the high court put an end to a case that began in May 1996, when some 500,000 smokers in Louisiana filed a class-action suit against tobacco companies. Now the companies must help smokers quit.
June 22, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie and the future of hepatitis C treatment. In the second hour, the effect of new cigarette warning labels, and the baseball documentary, Catching Hell.
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