The labels above are the new warning labels that cigarette companies are now required to put on all cigarette packages (starting in October 2012). There are nine new warning labels in all.
"The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act called for cigarette packages to include warning statements in large type covering half of the front and back of each package and graphic images showing adverse health effects from smoking." Proposed in November under a law that put the tobacco industry under the control of the FDA, the new labels must be on cigarette packages and in advertisements starting in October 2012.
Seeing these new labels may not encourage smokers, especially long-term smokers, to give up smoking, but the main goal is to stop children and teenagers from starting to smoke. According to the American Lung Association, each day 4,800 teenagers aged 11 to 17 smoke their first cigarette, and nearly 2,000 will become regular smokers. That is nearly two million teenagers annually.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius states, "We want kids to understand that smoking is gross not cool, and there is really nothing pretty about having mouth cancer or making your baby sick if you smoke."
More than 221,000 Americas will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society. Nearly 157,000 men and women are expected to die from lung cancer this year in the United States.
While these new labels may disturb some people, all I have to say is "it's about time!" We know teenagers pride themselves on looking their best. They believe they can't die. If we tell them "cigarettes can kill", they don't fully comprehend what that means. (Like Dr. Phil always says, the logical part of their brain has not fully developed.) Maybe seeing these images every time they reach for a cigarette will make them think first!
What are your thoughts on these new labels? Good? Bad?