Closings and delays

FDA changes course on graphic warning labels for cigarettes

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Nine new graphic cigarette warning labels were unveiled Tuesday, June 21, 2011 by the Food and Drug Administration, as part of the agency's sweeping new powers to regulate tobacco and tobacco products. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA/CNN)

(CNN) — The Department of Justice has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner saying it will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked new graphic warnings on cigarette packages.

The government had until April 5 to appeal the ruling, which struck down the mandate, saying the requirements were a violation of free speech protections.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration instead will “undertake research to support a new rule-making consistent with the Tobacco Control Act,” the letter said, meaning the FDA will have to create new warning labels.

The FDA didn’t immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

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