New Warning Labels on Cigarettes Get Graphic

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FDA decides to make warning labels more graphic to explain the serious consequences of smoking:

"Modest one-liners of smoking dangers featured on cigarette packs may soon turn into gory images and messages that will cover nearly half the pack.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled 36 jarring labels Wednesday aimed to ramp up efforts to warn smokers of cigarettes' fatal consequences. These labels exercise the agency's new authority over tobacco products and the most significant change in cigarette warnings since companies were forced to add the mandatory surgeon general's warning in 1965.

Some of the proposed images include a man smoking from a tracheotomy hole, a cadaver labeled to have died from lung disease, and a pained infant exposed to smoke.

For decades, federal regulators and health experts have warned that cigarettes are deadly. But Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, called the measure, "a timely and much-needed shot in the arm." "

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