It has been 11 years since Canada introduced the gory pictures on cigarette packages to deter people from smoking. Researchers say they have seen a decline in smoking ever since it started in 2000. The United States is finally going to follow suit. This is the first change to cigarette warnings in over 25 years in the U.S., a part of the Tobacco Control Act that will go into effect by September 2012.
The grotesque graphics will be similar to Canada’s including rotting teeth, diseased lungs, a man with an oxygen mask, a tracheotomy hole and a cartoon of a baby in the intensive care unit among others. These gory images will be accompanied with various slogans such as “cigarettes cause cancer”, “cigarettes are addictive”, “cigarettes can make you impotent”, “cigarettes kill”, “cigarettes can cause heart disease”, etc…
Excerpt from Cigarette Graphics Get Gory:
By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: June 21, 2011
“President Obama is committed to protecting our nation’s children and the American people from the dangers of tobacco use,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. “These labels are frank, honest, and powerful depictions of the health risks of smoking, and they will help encourage smokers to quit, and prevent children from smoking.”
During a White House press briefing Tuesday, Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, MD, called the release of the graphics a “new chapter in the history of tobacco prevention and control.”
“When these images go public next year, we expect these new packs to become mini billboards for prevention,” he said.
This will not necessarily deter the hardened smoker. It will just increase the sales of cigarette pack covers. However, this should make an impact on the up and coming youth. If it does, it will make a huge dent in the future smoking population, and that is what we need.
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