Proposed graphic warnings on cigarettes won’t happen

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The Supreme Court won’t be asked to review a ruling that blocked proposed graphic warnings from appearing on cigarette packages.

Several proposed campaigns were developed by the Food and Drug Administration as part of its sweeping powers to regulate tobacco and tobacco products, including cigarettes.

The graphic warnings began in 2010 as part of the first significant revision in tobacco regulations to happen in 25 years.

An appeals court ruled the graphic warning label requirements were a violation of free speech protections.  The government had until April 5, 2012 to appeal that ruling.

CNN reports the Department of Justice sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner saying it will not ask the Supreme Court to review the ruling that blocks the graphic warnings.

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

Some of the proposed label images are in the photos below.

WARNING – Some of the images may be disturbing for some viewers.