FDA review of tobacco products grinds to a halt - Article Photos 1/2

Pictured are packs of cigarettes waiting to be purchased at a Chicago area news stand Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. New tobacco products have come nearly to a halt in the U.S. because regulatory reviews for thousands of applications required by a 2009 law are taking much longer than the law requires. Though it might sound like good news from a health perspective, the halt demonstrates how tricky it is to start regulating an industry.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)