Graphic Cigarette Warnings Proposed

Cigarette packaging is getting the biggest makeover in twenty-five years, and Americans have a chance to weigh in.

The FDA released 36 new warning labels that include graphic images showing the effects of smoking.

One image depicts a woman with cancer, and another shows a man in a coffin.

There are also more positive images, showing healthy people who have quit smoking.

The hope is that the new warnings will discourage Americans from smoking by bring them face-to-face with the dangers of cigarettes.

The FDA is asking the public to weigh in on the images by posting comments on www.regulations.gov.

The 36 images will then be pared down to nine, which will appear on cigarette packages and advertisements in the fall of 2012.

The new labels are required because of a law that was passed last year.


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  • by Joey Location: Dothan on Nov 14, 2010 at 06:46 PM
    The government has no business telling tobacco to do this. They should worry about protecting our borders. Let individuals worry about if they want to shorten or worsen their lives with cigarrettes. They have taken away our right to even own a business. When you own something you should have control over what goes on in it just so you arent hurting others against their will. People who smoke desire to do so. If or when they get ready to quit they do. Businesses should have the right to allow their business to be smoking or non smoking. When you make it illegal to smoke in businesses it's telling people who dont like the smoke that they are too stupid to stay away from it. It's like the old hee haw joke. Doc it hurts when I do this. Well dont do that.
  • by DL Location: Enterprise on Nov 14, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    Liberal nannyism at its worst.
  • by X-Smoker on Nov 14, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    No matter what the Bone Heads in Washington dream up there is only one way to quit smoking and that is Determination by the Individual to quit. Fear Mongering and Tax's will not influence one to give up smoking.
  • by Amy Location: Western Australia on Nov 14, 2010 at 12:55 AM
    Didn't work in Australia and they have very graphic photos. Good luck on making it happen there.
  • by m Location: al on Nov 13, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    When are they going to start warnings for drinking? Wrecked cars, people laying in ditches, broken families or bar fights. The government is very selective in what they choose to warn us about.
  • by What About Our Rights.. Location: Hartford on Nov 13, 2010 at 08:09 PM
    Why dont you put warnings on the beer can like a wreak where someone got killed and list the name of the driver. What about a wreak from a drunk driver where a person goes on life support and the family has to make the SLOW PAINFUL choice of removing them from it...Never mind the american people have no say so any more...I will just get me a cigarette case...
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