Cigarette packs to display graphic images as health warnings

Cigarette packs to display graphic images as health warnings. 44695.jpegPictures of diseased lungs and a man blowing cigarette smoke out of a tracheostomy hole in his neck are among the final nine graphic images that will be part of new health warnings on cigarettes and advertising.

The warnings represent the most significant changes to U.S. cigarette labels in more than 25 years and are required to be placed on all cigarette packs, cartons and ads no later than September 2012, according to Wall Street Journal.

The images created by the FDA are arguably tame in comparison to other countries such as Canada or Australia, said Dr. Eden Evins, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"This is truth," Evins said. "This isn't hyped up fear, and it hasn't gone far enough."

The FDA first introduced 36 jarring labels in November 2010, which were aimed at escalating efforts to warn smokers of the fatal consequences of cigarette smoking. The labels represented the agency's exercise of its new authority over tobacco products and the most significant change in cigarette warnings since companies were forced to add the mandatory Surgeon General's warning in 1965, says ABC News.


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