Jun 22, 2011
Would seeing a diseased lung, a dead body, or a hole in someone’s throat when you reach for your cigarette pack make you put it down? The FDA thinks so.
The government agency released today nine new graphic labels and health warnings that will be placed cigarette packaging and advertising in hopes to keep non-smokers (especially young people) from starting, and encourage current smokers to quit.
The new labels, which you can see by clicking the image at the beginning of this post, have either morbid pictures of the health effects of smoking, like a mouth plagued with oral cancer, or images designed to trigger a more emotional response in consumers, like the image of a mother and child. They will be big enough to cover half of a cigarette pack. Also prominently displayed is the toll-free tobacco cessation helpline 1-800-QUIT-NOW which could potentially help prevent a relapse in smokers who are trying to quit smoking.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 5 deaths in the USA (about 443,000 a year) are caused by tobacco use, so any measure that could help decrease the number of people using tobacco is certainly welcome.
Expect to see the new labels on all cigarette packs and ads by September 2012, but will they work? We’ll have to see.
What do you think of the new labels? Will they be effective, or will the warnings fall on deaf ears? Let us know in the comments!
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Read the FDA’s press release here: http://goo.gl/f5X5Z