Eye View Health, FDA Thinks Ugly Pictures On Cigarettes Will Help People Stop Smoking

RICHMOND, Va. – Corpses, cancer patients and diseased lungs: These are some of the images the federal government plans for larger, graphic warning labels for cigarette packages.

The images are part of a new push announced by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday to reduce tobacco use, which is responsible for about 443,000 deaths per year.

The number of Americans who smoke has fallen dramatically over the past 40 years, but those declines have stalled recently. About 46 million adults in the U.S., or 20.6 percent, smoke cigarettes, along with 19.5 percent of high school students.

The FDA is proposing 36 labels for public comment, which include phrases like “smoking can kill you” and “cigarettes cause cancer,” but also feature graphic images to convey the dangers of tobacco use.

While it is impossible to say how many people quit because of the labels that have been introduced in several countries, Hammond said every source of evidence suggests that the labels do help people quit. 

Forget the label maybe FDA should include ingredients in each cigarette.

 

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