The Food and Drug Administration released nine new graphic warnings for cigarette packages that the FDA hopes are scarier than cigarette prices to smokers (cigarettes cost about $10 a pack in Westchester). The graphics are the first change in cigarette warnings in over 25 years, reports the FDA.
The photographs are revolting and intimidating; they show rotting lungs, decayed teeth, a dead body and others. The warnings read: “Smoking can kill you” and is placed prominently on the package.
"The introduction of these warnings is expected to have a significant public health impact by decreasing the number of smokers, resulting in lives saved, increased life expectancy and lower medical costs," the FDA says on its website.
The new labels will be required on all cigarette packaging and ads in the United States beginning in September 2012. The labels must cover at least 50 percent of every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. by mid-2013.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the U.S. The CDC’s Web site states that about 443,000 people in the U.S. – nearly one in five – die from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke each year.