Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1966

Rule/Law:

15 U.S.C. §§ 1331-1340, as amended

The Cigarette Act, as amended by the Comprehensive Smoking Education Act of 1986 and the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (see below), currently requires manufacturers, packagers, and importers of cigarettes to place one of four statutorily-prescribed health-related warnings on cigarette packages and in advertisements, on a rotating basis. Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control, as of October 2012 one of nine statutorily-prescribed health-related warning labels must be used, on a rotating basis approved by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Cigarette Act prohibits any advertising of cigarettes on radio and television. While the Act does not expressly provide for FTC enforcement, the FTC may bring enforcement actions under Section 5 of the FTC Act against unfair or deceptive acts or practices that would also constitute violations of the Cigarette Act.