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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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