June 21, 2011

USA: Grim images must be put on cigarette packs by fall 2012

WASHINGTON, DC / The Washington Times / News / June 21, 2011

By Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press
RICHMOND — Rotting teeth and gums. Diseased lungs. A sewn-up corpse of a smoker. Cigarette smoke coming out of the tracheotomy hole in a man’s neck.

Cigarette packs in the U.S. will have to carry these macabre images in nine new warning labels that are part of a campaign by the Food and Drug Administration to use fear and disgust to discourage Americans from lighting up.

The labels, announced Tuesday, represent the biggest change in cigarette packs in the U.S. in 25 years.

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