Images: New Cigarette Warnings Represent the Most Significant Changes to Cigarette Labels in More Than 25 Years


FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg explains there are nine targeted message were specified by Congress.

In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use.

the warning labels will take up the top half of a cigarette package. Warning labels must also take up at least 20 percent of any print advertisement.

Each package will contain a quit smoking hotline …
1-800-QUIT NOW

Cigarette companies have 15 months to comply. Two of the largest companies, , have filed a lawsuit saying the warnings make their branding almost impossible.

The final set of cigarette health warnings contains nine different text warnings and accompanying color graphics to increase awareness of the specific health risks associated with smoking, such as death, addiction, lung disease, cancer, stroke and heart disease; encourage smokers to quit; and empower youth to say no to tobacco.

Images include …
Diseased teeth and gums
Diseased lungs
A man with a tracheotomy smoking
The corpse of a smoker

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