FDA Unveils Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

cig labels(VIDEO) Cigarette makers must add large, graphic warning labels depicting diseased lungs, a man exhaling smoke through a hole in his neck and other images to packaging and advertising in the U.S. by October 2012, government officials said Tuesday.

The nine graphic images—accompanying warning labels with messages such as “Smoking can kill you” and “Cigarettes cause cancer”—are the biggest change to warning labels in more than 25 years. Such warnings were required by a 2009 law that gave the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products.

The supersize labels are the highest-profile part of an intensified war on tobacco by the federal government, which ranks it as the leading cause of preventable and premature death in the U.S., linked to an estimated 443,000 deaths a year. The adult smoking rate of 20.6% in 2009 has remained largely unchanged since 2004, and about 20% of high school students also smoke. More in Wall Street Journal.

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  1. maybe they should put a picture of people having heart attacks on restaurants that serve junk food????!!???? “live and let live”

  2. according to the US Gov close to 50,000 die in car accidents in the US every year.

    maybe we should show images of how they died.

  3. No Shayches
    that is ACCIDENTAL-car “accident”
    this could be prevented, so they are doing everything in their power to do so.
    the prob with this is that nobody thinks it will happen to them, only to everyone else!

  4. cigerette smoking is expensive and dangerous
    there is very little we can do to show youngsters both points
    #1kids have no concept of money
    #2 kids think they will live forever

    back in litta there was no food very little heat and the dangers of smoking was not known

    today it it is widely known and our childeren are blessed with kol-tuv vitav

    All parents and rebbeim should be very strict and say smoking is not acceptible

  5. It’s not the governments business (or anyone else’s) to give mussar shmoozen in words or pictures to free citizens. There’s no secret that smoking is unhealthy. Why must there be so much mussar? It’s irrelevant if you’re right or wrong. it’s not the governments place to try to convince people to live their lives one way over another. It’s been tried many times in the past.

  6. LIVE and let LIVE that’s exactly what they are trying to do… And by the way, that’s what you should be telling the smokers who make us inhale the harmful smoke.

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