FDA issues graphic cigarette labels [USA]

Author: Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press , Published on: 21 June 2011

In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use…Also included among the labels are: the corpse of a smoker, diseased lungs, and a mother holding her baby with smoke swirling around them. They include phrases like "Smoking can kill you" and "Cigarettes cause cancer" and feature graphic images to convey the dangers of tobacco, which is responsible for about 443,000 deaths in the U.S. a year…Mandates to introduce new graphic warning labels were part of a law passed in 2009 that, for the first time, gave the federal government authority to regulate tobacco, including setting guidelines for marketing and labeling, banning certain products and limiting nicotine. [refers to Winston-Salem, Reynolds American, R.J. Reynolds (part of Reynold American), Greensboro, Lorillard (part of Carolina Group), Philip Morris (part of Altria)]

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Related companies: Altria Lorillard Tobacco (part of Carolina Group) Philip Morris USA (part of Altria) Reynolds American RJ Reynolds (part of Reynolds American)