The U S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled graphic images to fight cigarette addiction on June 21.
The nine graphic health warnings are required to appear on every pack of cigarettes sold in the United States and in every cigarette advertisement.
This bold measure will help prevent children from smoking, encourage adults who do to quit, and ensure every American understands the dangers of smoking, FDA said in a statement.
Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States. 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, another official statement said.
With the set of cigarette health warnings that come with nine different text warnings and accompanying color graphics, the FDA aims to
- increase awareness of the specific health risks associated with smoking, such as death, addiction, lung disease, cancer, stroke and heart disease;
- encourage smokers to quit; and
- empower youth to say no to tobacco.
Start the slideshow to see the nine final graphic and textual warnings against cigarettes prescribed by the FDA: