Cigarette Package Warning Rule Extended Again

The new date is set for October 11, 2022.

August 26, 2021

Cigarette Package with Cigarettes

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has granted a motion by the plaintiffs in the case of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. et al. v. United States Food and Drug Administration et al. and issued an order postponing the effective date of the “Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements” final rule to Oct 11, 2022.

The FDA said it strongly encourages entities to submit cigarette plans as soon as possible, but no later than Dec. 12, 2021. As NACS Daily reported in January, the court had extended the effective date to Jan. 14, 2022, and this latest extension marks the third time a new deadline was set due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new requirement for graphic warning labels on cigarette packs was initially slated to take effect in June 2021.

More details on the rule, as well as the new effective date and recommended date for submission of cigarette plans, can be found on the FDA website.

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