Graphic images and text will soon be display on all boxes of cigarettes sold in the U.S…
Following in the footsteps of countries such as the UK, Australia, Brazil, and Thailand, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced its plans to include graphic warning photos and text on all boxes of cigarettes sold in America by autumn next year.
The pictures, which include images of a corpse on a morgue slab, a body in a coffin, sickly patients wearing oxygen masks, a man with a tracheotomy hole in his neck and a sick baby in an incubator, are intended to scare people off smoking.
Smoking is responsible for 443,000 US deaths each year, and every day and estimated 1,200 smokers – current and former – lose their lives due to tobacco-related diseases.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released 36 images for public comment. The agency will chose 9 of the images based on public comments, an 18,000 person study, as well as scientific literature.
Unlike the images that have made it on to cigarette boxes in other parts of the world, the collection under review by the FDA also contain images with positive messages such as a healthy-looking man wearing a t-shirt the says ‘I quit, and a pile of cigarettes in a toilet.
The new law will call for retailers to stop advertising cigarettes without the graphic warnings by Sept. 22, 2011. Then by Oct, 22, 2011, any cigarettes sold in the U.S. must have the new health warnings.
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