The Ying and Yang of Cigarette Warning Labels


The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled new warning labels for cigarettes.

New rules mandate that 50% of packaging be covered in labels depicting the negative impact of smokes.

I can think of no other industry which is required to sell against itself like cigarettes. Now 50% of labels sell cigarettes, and 50% sell against the purchase and use of tobacco.

The new labels are the first adjustments to warnings by the FDA in more than two decades, and require compliance by cigarette companies in the U.S. by mid-2013. The new labels replace the smaller, text-only warnings with images like a man with a tracheotomy hole and a mouth filled with rotting teeth.

And while the FDA claims the labels will have a significant public health impact by decreasing the number of smokers, critics say that graphic images are probably not as important as raising the price [of cigarettes] or eliminating them from the work place

The new warning labels are part of The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, passed in 2009, which gave the government authority to regulate the marketing and labeling of tobacco products.

Source (and more label images) at Huffington Post

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