Pictured above are three of the 36 new, graphic warning labels the Food and Drug Administration is proposing for cigarette packs, The New York Times reports.
According toe the article, "Designed to cover half of a pack’s surface area, the new labels are intended to spur smokers to quit by providing graphic reminders of tobacco’s dangers. The labels are required under a law passed last year that gave the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products for the first time."
Furthermore, the story says, "The proposed labels include pictures of a man smoking from a tracheostomy tube inserted into his throat; a diseased lung; and a woman holding a baby in a smoke-filled room. The proposals stayed away from some of the more gruesome labels used in other countries, where pictures of blackened teeth and diseased mouths are common."
"’This is the most important change in cigarette health warnings in the history of the United States,’ said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids," the story said, adding, "The labels unveiled on Wednesday are part of a proposed rule-making. The F.D.A. will accept public comment on the 36 proposed labels, and expects to choose the final nine by June. By Oct. 22, 2012, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to distribute cigarettes for sale in the United States that do not display the new graphic health warnings."