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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Graphic Warnings On Cigarette Packs

Graphic supplied by the FDA site 

There are many who would argue that marijuana and alcohol are the gateway drugs that lead some people to use other, stronger, drugs. Without a doubt there are a number of people who began their road to addiction with marijuana or alcohol; however, most teenagers try smoking cigarettes before anything else. As bad as cigarettes are for one's health, less stigma has been placed on them; more people smoke cigarettes than any other drug and the small print warning by the Surgeon General does very little to dissuade teenagers from smoking. There is a huge population within the addiction community who would say that the ball started rolling with cigarettes. Now, the government is going to take a more aggressive stand on cigarette smoking prevention.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued graphic new health warnings for cigarettes that show skin lesions, diseased lungs, and dead bodies, The Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 11. In 2009, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act granted the FDA the power to regulate tobacco; requiring the agency to place graphic warnings on cigarette packaging and in advertisements. Slogans like, “Warning: Cigarettes Cause Cancer” – will take up to 20 percent of tobacco ads and the top half of the front and back of cigarette packages. 36 images were created by the agency and they are asking for the public to comment on them between now and Jan. 9, 2011. The FDA will narrow the group of images to nine by June 22, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Every day, almost 4,000 youth try a cigarette for the first time and 1,000 youth become regular, daily smokers,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Today marks an important milestone in protecting our children and the health of the American public.” You can view the proposed new graphic warnings on the FDA's website, the proposed new warnings are:
  • WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive.
  • WARNING: Tobacco smoke can harm your children.
  • WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease.
  • WARNING: Cigarettes cause cancer.
  • WARNING: Cigarettes cause strokes and heart disease.
  • WARNING: Smoking during pregnancy can harm your baby.
  • WARNING: Smoking can kill you.
  • WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers.
  • WARNING: Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health.

1 comment:

  1. The difference between understanding and feeling is very apparent with smokers reading graphic warning signs let's say, "Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health." I for one would not be urged to do anything by it -- I used to be a 2 packs per day smoker for 10 years -- so I know the drill. If a person has difficulty with his/her breathing, then that's the time he realizes that "Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health." There are alternative days addiction cure that can help you quit smoking with three easy steps starting with making you feel the urge to stop smoking.

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