New U.S. tobacco warning labels show graphic images

Labels are aimed at warning smokers, encouraging them to quit


New U.S. tobacco labels, which must appear on cigarette packages and in advertisements no later than September 2012, will show disturbing images, including dead bodies, diseased lungs and a man on a ventilator, and a man smoking a cigarette through a hole in his throat, Reuters reports. The new labels were proposed in November under a new law that put the tobacco industry under the control of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This is the first change to U.S. cigarette warnings in 25 years. More than 221,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, accounting for about 14 per cent of all cancer cases.


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