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Professor Patricia Zettler featured on WOSU discussing support of graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging

February 18, 2020 | Media News

Professor Patricia Zettler, an expert on tobacco law and policy, recently discussed her new article on FDA warning labels with Nicole Rasul of WOSU.

“The gist of our argument is that the images are really factual,” Zettler said. “They’re not ideological or controversial. They’re representative of the health effects of smoking.”

Zettler, along with fellow Ohio State researcher Theodore L. Wagener, and Tony Yang of George Washington University published the article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) titled, “New Graphic Tobacco Warnings and the First Amendment,” on Feb. 13. Their article also states that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that cigarette sales decreased after “several countries implemented strengthened cigarette pack warnings.”