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A picture’s worth a thousand words, or so the FDA hopes


Today, the FDA unveiled 36 proposed cigarette labels.

Designed to cover half of a pack’s surface area, the new labels are intended to spur smokers to quit by providing graphic reminders of tobacco’s dangers.

Some of the warnings include: “Smoking can kill you“, “Cigarettes cause strokes and heart disease“, “Cigarettes are addictive.”  I found the images pretty graphic…so you can click on the links above to view them for yourself.

I had no idea, but apparently the US was the first country to put require warning labels (Surgeon General’s..) on all packages sold.

So when does this all happen?

The agency will accept public comment on the 36 proposed labels, and expects to choose the final nine by June. By Oct. 22, 2012, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to distribute cigarettes for sale in the United States that do not display the new graphic health warnings.

I find it hard to believe that in this day and age, the general public is not aware of the dangers associated with smoking… It will be interesting to see if this has a big effect on smokers.

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