Reporter Susan Jones from CNS news writes, that “The law said all cigarette packages must carry one of the nine new warnings starting in September 2012.”

I then checked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website to see that they have listed a timeline of when they think this law can be implemented.

“September 22, 2012* – Cigarettes for sale or distribution in the United States can no longer be manufactured or advertised without the new cigarette health warnings” —FDA

But wait, did you see the asterisk next to the date? Clearly, I have overlooked at the little “star” that is next to “September 22, 2012*” From my previous post and from several other news such as Thomas Reuters, I had undeniably overlooked at the asterisk on the FDA website.

*The implementation date is uncertain, due to ongoing proceedings in the case of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, No. 11-1482 (D.D.C.), on appeal, No. 11-5332 (D.C. Cir.).

The date is uncertain because of the continuous battle between the tobacco companies and FDA. Reporter Brett Norman from POLITICO states that “The Justice Department has appealed both rulings, and oral arguments on the injunction are scheduled for April 10 before the D.C. Court of Appeals.”