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FDA Debuts New Cigarette Warning Labels – Will They Work?

Jun 22, 2011 - 1 comments









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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:

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by real_jimmy, Jul 19, 2016
The pictorial warnings do create an impact. An impact whose intensity gets decreased with time, while the user stays put on decision to continue smoking.  Fear may be a useful tool to deter the action of smoking. However, Love is the most powerful tool. With support and encouragement one can motivate a person to make better choice, choose not to smoke or quit the habit. Different people react differently to such form of warnings. I believe that the people who cannot read or write, for them the pictorial warnings are the ones that would send a message. Although cancer knows no discrimination. But I do think that educated people are the ones that may be behaving more stupid while choosing to continue with the cigarette addiction. And I also think that the messages addressed to such people who can read need to be on a smart side to address the people emotionally with some direct one linee advises, that may change from time to time on the packets, so that the words may hit people somewhere, and they choose to make a change for themselves. I think the ex smokers can come up with different one liner advises to be printed on the packets, so that there is success. Philosophy and emotions may be a better tool than scientific facts. While the pictures depicting good health or lifestyle, the better picture of life, may also change a person to choose the picture depicted on outside rather than the cigarettes inside. There is so much we can do to improve the life of our people and the creativity has no limits. So I think efforts need to be placed on continuous basis, just like a movement until the cigarettes become something like a prescribed medicine or may be no more. I am a smoker myself and I continue my choice to keep smoking but I do hope to change and make my life beautiful and strong in every possible manner. God bless us!

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