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USA Proposes New Cigarette Warning Labels
2010.11.12
US Department of Health and Human Services, together with Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) announced a new restriction towards the cigarette package on 10 November 2010. A new set of pictorial warning label must be displayed on package of all tobacco products sold in United States with no less than 50% of the principal area of the package from 2012 September onwards.

The agency has proposed 36 pictorial warning labels, including smoking with cavity on neck, a dying patient, a corpse in coffin, festered mouth and the seriously infected lung, etc. FDA will select 9 effective scary warning labels which shall be displayed at the cigarette packs to alert smokers for the hazards of smoking.

"The existing warning labels on cigarette packs have not been updated in 25 years, so this is very good timing," Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Dr Margaret Hamburg said at a second news conference elaborating on the proposal. "Some of the images are really powerful and we need to make sure everyone, particularly kids fully appreciate the consequences of cigarette use."

Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable deaths which is more risky than AIDS, alcohol and substance abuse, etc. Almost 6,600 people try their first cigarette every day and 61% of them are below 18 years old. Smoking is also responsible for over 443,000 deaths in USA each year and their age of death is getting younger and younger.

Extracted new pictorial warning labels from USA Food & Drugs Administration
(http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/UCM232425.pdf) :
 
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