As expected, anti-tobacco advocacy groups urged the U.S. Justice Department to appeal Leon’s ruling.
Matthew Myers, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said the ruling “would not only deprive the tobacco advisory committee of the best scientific minds available, but could also impact the FDA
’s broader ability to carry out its mission and protect public health.”
Myers urged the FDA
to “move forward to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes based on the conclusions of its own, independent scientific review of the public health impact.”