Shocking new tobacco warning labels released

Jul 13, 2011

New cigarette labels show graphic images

In an effort to further curb smoking related deaths and illnesses, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has come out with new mandatory labels that will be on all cigarette packages starting next fall, according to Reuters. The labels represent the first mandatory change in 25 years.

"With these warnings, every person who picks up a pack of cigarettes is going to know exactly what risks they are taking," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters at the White House.

The FDA is hoping that these labels will help people quit smoking and stop young people from ever starting, hopefully reducing the amount of life insurance claims that are smoking related. The labels include photos of an ulcerated lip, a crying baby and a man wearing an oxygen mask. One photo that may seem particularly disturbing shows a man smoking a cigarette out of a hole in his neck.

While these images may be disturbing to some Americans, people in other countries are not as shocked. More than 40 nations already require warning labels that are at least as graphic as the new ones the U.S. is rolling out, according to CBSNews.  

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