Every cigarette pack sold and every cigarette ad published in this country will bear startling graphic images with health warnings no later than September 2012, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
On Tuesday, the FDA announced its final selection of nine new cigarette health warnings. The nine different warning labels include a mother holding a baby with smoking swirling around them and the message, “Tobacco smoke can harm your children.” Another image shows a dead man with stitches down his chest and the words, Smoking can kill you. A textual message of Cigarettes are addictive also shows with a man with a tracheotomy smoking.
Each label carries the number for the nationwide quit line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
On its press release FDA announces that starting in September 2012, the new cigarette health warnings will appear on the top 50 percent of both the front and rear panels of each cigarette package and in the upper portion of each cigarette advertisement, occupying at least 20 percent of the area of the advertisement.
These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking.
Check out the nine final labels that cigarette makers will soon have to use: