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FDA Proposes Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

Feds Want Cigarette Packets With Graphic Warnings

In case you didn't get the message: smoking cigarettes is dangerous for your health. Since a picture is worth a thousand warnings words, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing the placement of graphic images on cigarette packages. The agency hopes the grisly images — corpses, cancer patients, and diseased lungs — will deter people from smoking. Tobacco use is responsible for 443,000 deaths per year.

Although there has been a steady decline in smoking, from 40 percent in the 1970s to 20 percent now, the numbers are no longer falling. In a statement released today, the FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said, "The health consequences of smoking will be obvious every time someone picks up a pack of cigarettes."

The FDA has created 36 images to help the agency make sure its warnings have a visual, if not visceral impact. Here are 12 of the images. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Source: FDA

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lindzers lindzers 6 years
Someone @ the FDA watched or read Thank You For Smoking several years late and didn't get that it was satire.
shannon_xo shannon_xo 6 years
yeah we've had this in Canada for a long time and I'm not sure about other provinces but at least in Ontario cigarettes are now hidden from view in all places of sale. If you want to buy a pack you have to already know the specific brand and ask the person behind the counter to go get them for you.
ashleygaidhlig ashleygaidhlig 6 years
We have these types of warnings in the UK, but I don't think it deters anyone. You can't see the awful picture until you buy cigarettes or tobacco. Who knows, maybe it stops some people, but I know a few smokers who just cover up the picture with a sticker or something!
Burkina Burkina 6 years
I don't care if someone wants to eff up their lungs but smoking hurts everyone. Its selfish and terrible for our environment.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
It's not going to work. Sorry.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
It's not going to change the people that are already smokers--one of my coworkers smokes and so does her mom. Her mom has a tracheostomy (like the guy in the first pic) and still smokes. I'm surprised she hasn't quit yet, but apparently, even seeing her mom smoking through a hole in her throat isn't enough to motivate her to quit.
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