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June 21st, 2011
10:37 AM ET

FDA unveils graphic new cigarette warning labels

This morning, the FDA announced their final choices for the large graphic warning labels to be put on cigarette packs starting in the fall of 2012. Covering half of the pack, these images aim to show what cigarette smoke does to your body.

Senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen joins Kiran Chetry and Carol Costello on American Morning to reveal the selection of images and to explain how effective similar anti-smoking warning labels have been in other countries.


Filed under: Health
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  1. Dustin

    I'm tired of the relentless obstacles and ridiculous "warnings" people put on smokers. If your going to smoke, you should be allowed to. I agree with the 25 foot rule, I don't smoke around non-smokers, but for the love of god-either make them illegal or quit your complaining. Why put a picture on a cigarette pack that you wouldn't see until you already bought the pack-why not focus on preventative or how to quit. Not some shock value bull

    June 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  2. Roger Lattin

    The warning labels on most objects are written in blood, enough people were hurt or injured because common sense didn't work. Or you could look at it as most people do not read the instructions or understand them to be effective in preventing stupidity. The safety or warning labels are put on objects as deals with either the regulating agencies or the court system in response to a law suit settlement.
    In the case of cigarettes the reason the warning labels were put on the packages was because of a deal with congress. The deal with congress was so that the list and nature of the chemical additives that are put into tobacco did not get published. Back in the 60's there was a list of additives some 200 plus that were subpoenaed by congress there were lawsuits filed back and forth to prevent the list from being made public. When PART of the list was leaked most of the "NICOTINE ENHANCEMENT" chemicals would need an EPA license to possess because they were hazardous to your health.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  3. Rocky from Taos

    No steps to curb smoking can be considered to drastic, as far as I'm concerned Cigarette packs should have explosives attached! I'm so tired of the argument that it's a right to smoke when smokers are obviously putting noxious fumes into the air that everyone breathes.
    When I was a child growing up in the 60's I was forced to sit in the back seat of the car with the windows rolled up while the adults puffed away, uncaring that I was being subjected to their cancerous fog!
    It's time to wake up people...there's nothing good about cigarettes!!

    June 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm |