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New cigarette warnings unveiled

By Rob Stein

Federal health officials on Wednesday announced plans to require cigarette packs and ads to carry bigger, much more prominent and graphic health warnings, including images of dead bodies, cancer patients and diseased lungs.

The Health and Human Services Department, which announced the new initiative, called the new warnings "the most significant change in more than 25 years" in cigarette packages and advertising. The warnings will cover half of a cigarette pack, the government said.

Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package. (FDA)

One warning, for example, is, "Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease." It is shown with the picture of the feet of a dead body in a morgue. Another, "Cigarettes cause strokes and heart disease," shows a man apparently having a heart attack. A third, bearing the warning, "Smoking can kill you," shows what appears to be the head a chest of a corpse. The chest is bisected by a large surgical scar.

The Food and Drug Administration said it is using its newly enhanced powers to regulate tobacco products to require the more prominent warning statements and color graphic images "depicting the negative health consequences of smoking."

"Today marks an important milestone in protecting our children and the health of the American public," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.

Every day, the statement said, nearly 4,000 youths try a cigarette for the first time and 1,000 become regular smokers.Tobacco is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States, causing 443,000 deaths each year and one-third of all cancer deaths.

Officials said that the new labels are part of a series of actions aimed at reducing smoking. The FDA has already restricted the use of the terms "light," "low," and "mild" to describe cigarettes; banned fruit, candy, and spice flavors from cigarettes; and taken steps to prevent the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to youth. The 2010 health-care legislation includes free access to anti-smoking therapies, and the 2009 stimulus package included $225 million to support local, state and national anti-smoking efforts. The government has raised taxes on cigarettes, and taken other measures to stop the illegal sale of tobacco products over the Internet and through mail order, including the illegal sales to minors.

The FDA will gather public comment on the 36 proposed images until Jan. 9, 2011, and select nine final warning statements and images by June 22, 2011--after reviewing the scientific literature, the public comments, and a study involving 18,000 people. The final regulation will go into effect Sept. 22, 2012, the FDA said. By Oct. 22, 2012, manufacturers will no longer be able to distribute cigarettes for sale in the United States that do not display the new graphic health warnings.

"Today, FDA takes a crucial step toward reducing the tremendous toll of illness and death caused by tobacco use by proposing to dramatically change how cigarette packages and advertising look in this country," FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said in a statement. "When the rule takes effect, the health consequences of smoking will be obvious every time someone picks up a pack of cigarettes."

Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh said the United States is "at an unprecedented time in our nation's history to protect the public's health from tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable, premature death" in the country.

"It will take renewed commitment from every sector of society to end the tobacco epidemic," Koh's statement said.

See more pictures of the proposed cigarette product warning labels here.

By Rob Stein  | November 10, 2010; 8:49 AM ET
Categories:  FDA, Smoking  
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Big Daddy maintains his comedy of stupidity. What are they going to put on cars? Electric circuitry? Knives? Guns?
And finally, on the foreheads of the idiots who come up with this stuff?

Posted by: BluePelican | November 10, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

A good start, following in Ireland's footsteps. The graphics tell the story. The language is too timid. Warnings in Ireland on packaging are much more blunt.

Posted by: kerry5 | November 10, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for protecting against ourselves, O Nanny State.

Will we have the same warnings on packages of marijuana cigarettes wherever they are sold? Or is that not PC??

Posted by: profstewart | November 10, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

It would also be a good thing to place photos of aborted unborn children in the waiting rooms of abortion clinics.

Posted by: helen12 | November 10, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Haven't they run this to ground already? They have warning labels on all tobacco products now. Anyone who can read, watch TV, listen to their doctors knows all about the risks. Why re-run the same old stuff all over again and again? This is getting to be ridiculous. I am not a smoker but I think this has gone over-board. I stopped smoking about 14 years ago but they have stopped smokers from smoking every where except their own home and now they want to highlight an already existing warning. Get real. If people still want to smoke they will. This is a waste of time and money. The more you tell a smoker not to do it, the more he will. You are just encouraging him to beat the system and he will beat it. Let's cut this kind of useless stuff out and put money in products that will actually stop them from smoking, not just "help" them stop. Put the money where it will do some good--not in bigger print. Intimidation has gone far enough. This kind of waste has gone far, far enough too. Doesn't the govt has better things to do? Like help find a cure for cancer? No one else can do it.

Posted by: nicholjo1 | November 10, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

It would also be a good thing to place aborted unborn children in the waiting rooms of abortion clinics.

Posted by: helen12 | November 10, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Becoming Canada day by day...

Posted by: seawolfR | November 10, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

All I can say is BFD.
What a waste of taxpayer money brutalizing something that is 100% legal. The only thing this action does is "stimulate" the Madison Avenue crooks who already rape the public with advertising that makes any and all products more expensive.
I don't smoke because it is probably not healthy, but I DON'T NEED a government agency telling me that -- .
Pictures???? Is this because they (the federal government) think the public is stupid? Or, is it because todays young people can't read?

BaO is POISON!!!

TBC ~:>{)

Posted by: TheBlackCherokee | November 10, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

It would also be a good thing to place photos of aborted unborn children in the waiting rooms of abortion clinics.
Posted by: helen12
OK, it would also be appropriate to hang pictures of narrow-minded, sanctamonious imbeciles in your living room.

Posted by: overed | November 10, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

more PC BS.any chance the next step is shut down the industry? of course, the hundreds of million $$$$$$ per day tax will disapear,unemployment will increase and the black market will thrive. some reference ireland,canada etc. ever been to china or the mideast?

Posted by: pofinpa | November 10, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I have a better idea put on all government generated documents "WARNING US GOVERNMENT WASTES MONEY AND TIME!"

Posted by: SSTK34 | November 10, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

What I'm waiting for....

New Government Intrusion warnings unveiled

Federal health officials Wednesday announced plans to require government programs, offices and political ads to carry bigger, much more prominent and graphic health warnings.

The Health and Human Services Department, which announced the new initiative, called the new warnings "the most significant change in more than 25 years" in goverment intrusion prevention....

"Today, FDA takes a crucial step toward reducing the tremendous toll of dependency and death caused by goverment intrusion by proposing to dramatically change how politicians and political processes look in this country," FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said in a statement. "When the rule takes effect, the health consequences of governmet will be obvious."

Posted by: MrNationalist | November 10, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The time have come to fire the government, expecially those idiots in the FDA. And I did not misspell that word, I only spelled how it is spoken today. You let me AXE you a question.

Hate crime law are unconstitutional, repeal them all. only an idiot can't see why.
Example: An old lady waling down the road and it assaulted and battered, now a Black or Gay or Bum gets assaulted and batter who is more protected. Not the old lady, too bad.

Posted by: urscrewed | November 10, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Tobacco should be banned. The smokers do not have the right to poison the air others breath.

Posted by: oldbuck | November 10, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

YIt may be 'popular'to trash the government lately -but you are ridiculous BluePelican with your no tobacco regulation stance --none of us who were for years & still are frequently forced to breathe other peoples nauseating & poisonous tobacco smoke packed with carcinogens in every puff (and my R.N. wife sees daily what damage it does) give a good G-damn about your supposedly liberating 'free us from the Feds'stance -That makes as much sense to some of us as voting back into power the same greed & warmongering party that brought the country to its knees. --and so it goes!

Posted by: neilo1 | November 10, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Why doesn't our "first family"of idiots try setting an example instead of telling us what we NEED TO DO and then acting like their words don't pertain to them.

Posted by: mcap52 | November 10, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

The messages and pictures are not graphic enough, though people will pay them no attention anyway.

A clearer message would be to make cigarettes a controlled substance and keep them away from children; not just out of doors but far, far away from the next addict in training.

The only way to ban smoking is to ban tobacco. Until we have the gonads to do this, smokers will have the ultimate excuse to continue smoking; It's legal.

Unfortunately, they are right.

Posted by: gottabeabetterway | November 10, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh, wonderful. Good thing we're overpaying beaurocrats in Washington to waste yet more taxpayer dollars on the liberal assumption that people are too stupid to know what is and isn't good for them. Are these the same geniuses that think taking the toys out of happy meals (an overreach into private industry) will convince people that a cheeseburger and fries isn't the healthiest meal? Since every good liberal knows that if you don't agree with everything THEY say, you must either be slow or uninformed. It couldn't be that sometimes people just do stupid things and it's not up to the "gubmint" to fix everyone.

Posted by: TXIT | November 10, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why these bureaucrats keep doing this. Smoking is increasing again, and is up even among teens who are not supposed to buy cigarettes. The proof of this is that the cigarette companies are minting money. But the government now is proposing changes in a tired anti-smoking campaign that isn't working and never worked. It won't work with larger and more graphic signs. People who smoke do not pay attention to government warnings.
If you want to ban smoking, then ban cigarettes. Well, just you try to get that one through this Congress.
Just leave us alone bureaucrats. You have done all that is required to alert us to the dangers of smoking, and if we want to ignore you, that is our right. Go off and do other things, like warning people of the dangers of alcohol, of texting on my phone while driving, of fat in my diet, or whatever. Just get off my back or your $150,000 a year salary is going to disappear.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | November 10, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Good for the FDA, and who gives a damn what the tobacco lobby thinks? If it were up to the tobacco lobby, the only thing depicted on cigarette packs would be Marlboro men and bikini babes riding on horseback along a pristine beach.

Posted by: andym108 | November 10, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Smoking has gained popularity amongst young teens who love the fact that we have a President who smokes two packs a day. Aint the the POT calling the Kettle BLACK!

Hey it is an image thing, Obie would weigh about 250lbs or more if he didnt smoke. He was a chubby kid and teenage until he started puffing around 15/16 yrs old. It is all an image to stay lean, that why Michelle is pushing some healthy kids agenda, (oh yeah and because she is not allowed to practice law at all) to help kids out who gain weight from all the junk food in schools. Yeah right, Michelle how bout and agenda to keep adolescent kids from smoking. It carries into adulthood and into your later years, just ask your husband, he has been smoking since he was 16.

Posted by: Fred23 | November 10, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Does that mean that they will start making auto makers start putting pictures of dead and mangled bodies in their autos and advertising? Or how about pictures of people that have committed suicide because of taking anti depressants? I know Pizza cartons should have pictures of obese people that have died of heart attacks on them. Look you idiots, smokers have gotten the word, we now have to crawl around in alleys in the freezing cold in order to pursue our habits, give it a freakin rest will you and find something else to waste our money on.

Posted by: 2012anewstart | November 10, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@unscrewed, let me axe you a question. Are you from Bizzaro World? Home of Bizzaro Supperman? On this world do they let old ladies waiting for buses be beaten up and they don't punish the beating people who do this? But when bums and hobos and black men get beaten up for being bums and hobos and black, they throw the bizzaro book of laws at the beaters?

Just Ax'ing,

Sarah Palin in 2012

Posted by: drspaceman | November 10, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Smoking has gained popularity amongst young teens who love the fact that we have a President who smokes two packs a day. Aint the the POT calling the Kettle BLACK!

Hey it is an image thing, Obie would weigh about 250lbs or more if he didnt smoke. He was a chubby kid and teenage until he started puffing around 15/16 yrs old. It is all an image to stay lean, that why Michelle is pushing some healthy kids agenda, (oh yeah and because she is not allowed to practice law at all) to help kids out who gain weight from all the junk food in schools. Yeah right, Michelle how bout and agenda to keep adolescent kids from smoking. It carries into adulthood and into your later years, just ask your husband, he has been smoking since he was 16.

Posted by: Fred23 | November 10, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

A mild beginning. Proposed warnings to timid to get the message accross.

Posted by: wjc622 | November 10, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

And on health food, require pictures of 90 year olds being helped in the bathroom by 60 year old nurses.

Posted by: buckdharma | November 10, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

A timid beginning.

Posted by: wjc622 | November 10, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I agree with part of what BluePelican wrote, "What are they going to put on cars? Electric circuitry? Knives? Guns?" And what about warnings on bottles of liquor, including wine and beer? But he/she meant it sarcastically, while I don't mean it that way for alcohol.

But I think BluePelican has a point too. Just about every human made thing--including humans themselves, obviously, has the potential for causing injury to people in one some way. Warning labels are an interesting conundrum.

Posted by: foofoofoo | November 10, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

oldbuck wrote: Tobacco should be banned. The smokers do not have the right to poison the air others breath.

Hey Oldbuck, should we ban cars too? Hahaha!

On my note:

To use shocking pictures to try and make people stop smoking is puerile, assinine and a waste of time.

the use of shocking publicity is deemed as positive only by persons who agree with those images, a shocking picture will never turn a person's decision or viewpoint, therefore it is a waste of time and money.

So, again, the whole thing is based on the premise that your smoking affects my health, like my good friend oldbuck phrased.

So, your driving is killing me, your drinking is affecting my psyche, your noise is altering my nerves, your sugar is giving me diabetes, your blah, blah, blah.

Let's get a life and put all these bell-ringers out of business, stop being sheeps, cool down and think.

see you

Posted by: Raul1 | November 10, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

A timid beginning.

Posted by: wjc622 | November 10, 2010 10:48 AM
OK, how about this next:

All smokers should be shot at point blank range in front of their children. If they have no children, children should be rounded up from the surrounding area to witness the execution.

Anyone who thinks about smoking should be tortured by the CIA until their desire disappears.

Strong enough for ya?

Posted by: bigbrother1 | November 10, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

What next, the waitress asks you if you'd like something to drink with dinner, you order a beer, she asks if you are driving, you tell her yes, next thing you know she is standing at your table with M.A.D.D. literature on the perils of drinking and driving,complete with pictures of dead bodies, enjoy your beer you heartless bastard, how dare you enjoy a legal substance! Thank goodness we have a government willing to protect a free citizenry from itself, thank goodness we have a president and congress willing to follow all the same rules they have laid out for us serfs! lol

Posted by: TimeforMcCain | November 10, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

We should put the same warnings on happy meals. Obesity is as much of a health issue as smoking, but for some reason they get it easier, including all y'all fatties who hate the gov't but still insist on ranting here. Can't you just stick to the washington times? The state is financially burdened by the unacceptable levels of general unhealthiness in this country, and it makes sense for us to spend on prevention so we save on treatment down the road. Ads on a billion cigarette packs cost less than cancer treatment on a thousand Americans. How many Americans get lung cancer every year? How many of those are on medicaid or medicare? Even smokers like me understand that the behavior should be discouraged by every means possible. It is already discouraged by the taxes that are applied to its sale. The same should be true with America's network of nutritionally void food service providers, like mcdonalds, burger king, and wendys. To prevent childhood obesity and diabetes, we need to make those happy meals as unappealing as possible with state-sponsored advertisements. Maybe we could populate the bag with like an overweight, deceased Elmo with a big mac in his hand.

Posted by: smart-aleck | November 10, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The diseases caused by smoking and second-hand smoke cost U.S. taxpayers every year in monies paid out to cover treatments. If these labels keep new smokers from taking up the habit, I'm all in favor. It would be a beautiful thing if the cigarette companies went belly up because they didn't have enough customers to stay profitable.

Posted by: dcn8v | November 10, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I just want the government to figure out a way to make some sort of a helmet that keeps the smoke with the smoker. That way they can smoke all they want and it doesn't affect anyone else. Then the smokers can smoke to their heart's content and the non smokers don't have to worry about breathing in the second hand smoke.

Posted by: StJamesGirl | November 10, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Evidently the beef and poultry lobbyist have enough clout to keep similar warnings off of fast food containers and wrappers

Posted by: raindogs | November 10, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Just leave us the F alone, you jack-a-- do-gooders.

I detest these people with every fiber of my being.

Posted by: Trout1 | November 10, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

What's really needed is for the Government to SHUT UP. Anyone smoking now is aware of the risks. The same thing with "second-hand smoke" issue. Poor science based on the fact smoke is offensive to some, not statisically significant cause of disease. By the way, I'm an ex-smoker but fully support people's right to choose.

Posted by: rcoveringdem | November 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The people that yowled over the graphic pictures of aborted fetuses in a recent ad are the same that back graphic warnings on cigarette packs. Odd

Posted by: thebink | November 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Everybody knows the effects. Messages I'm OK with. Pictures are completely over-the-top.

Posted by: wis193 | November 10, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

People are first attracted and initiated into
smoking by seeing their parents, friends and
some times by the movie stars.Started as a fad the habit becomes addiction difficult to leave endangering the life by active and passive smoking.AGGRESSIVE propaganda,backed by heavy taxation of tobacco products.educating children from primary stage,penalties for public smoking may discourage the smoking.One interesting issue is why cigars are not banned,instead of adopting dubious ways

Posted by: satyameva | November 10, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

that is disgusting and abusive. 54% of americans over the age of 100, spme 130,000 of them, SMOKE! 82% of japanese smoke and yet have 1/3 the rate of lung cancer of americans, despite a high-stress, polluted society. just breathing the air in america's 30 largest cities is the carcinogenic equivalent of 18+ cigs a day. so why not put gory warnings on the city limits signs? and ben franklin can't puff on his pipe in a bar in the new 'land of the free.' for better or worse (worse for the natives) this country was built by hard-drinking, heavy smoking men! as with other substances, it is called 'life, liberty and pursuit of happiness;' something fascists don't understand.

and according to a joint study by USDA/FDA while cigarette-smokers are said to live 8 years shorter lives; vegetarians live 10 years longer and vegans live 12 years longer than the average meat-eating american... so over-consumption of meats is killing people faster than tobacco. where are the warning labels on meats and big macs?

i smoke 5 camel non-filters a day, have for most of my life. 20 years ago i could buy a carton for $1.89 in carolina; now pay that for 2 cigs; $13.60 a pack here in NYC.cigs are so enormously taxed that it amounts to extortion by government; yet it is taxation without representation; as i have no say in the matter.

the drug war is about two issues only: profit and control. it is a certainty that the govt doesn't care about our health!

Posted by: tazdelaney | November 10, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Excellent idea! Smoking poses an exorbitant societal cost. I am very glad to see our government doing good in this regard in addition to its efforts at ensuring basic health care of all Americans. Now, let's go further and outright ban smoking of this vile weed that has destroyed so many millions of lives.

As for some so-called nanny state...bring it on...because most Americans have been so dumbed down that the State truly does need to make decisions for them.

The more like Canada we become...the better for us all, as societal pathologies are rampant in the U.S.--especially divorce, rampant sex, and illigitimate babies among our hetero population whose morals have gone astray as they hand off responsible decision making to their preachers, instead of thinking morally and ethically for themselves.

As for hate crimes laws, Americans are fortunate to have them....they just don't know it. What's more, it's a wonderful thing that these laws increase sentences based on hatred and aggression with regard to race, gender,religion, and sexual orientation. "Old ladies" do not need these extra fact, old ladies are actually some of the most hateful and vengeful Americans in fostering prejudice, hostility, and ignorance in our nation.

Posted by: BelmontBayNeighbor | November 10, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"It's not guns that kill people; it's people who kill people." And it's not cigarettes that kill the people who smoke them and people who breathe their secondhand smoke, it's the people who smoke the cigarettes, and it's not the alcohol that causes traffic fatalities, it's the people who drink the alcohol to excess, and it's not the Happy Meals that cause obesity, it's the people who eat the Happy Means, and it's (mostly) not cars that cause traffic fatalities and injuries, it's the people who drive them while texting, eating, shaving, reading the newspaper, talking on cell phones, and falling asleep.

If nobody smoked cigarettes or ate Happy Meals, the companies that make them would stop making them. Those products are obscene and have no socially redeeming value.

Alcohol in moderation and when not combined with driving, and cars, on the other hand, do have benefits, and require a different approach to changing the behaviors of people who abuse them.

Posted by: foofoofoo | November 10, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I foresee that cigarette cases will be making a comeback.

Posted by: jnc4p | November 10, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Tobacco should be banned. The smokers do not have the right to poison the air others breath.

Posted by: oldbuck | November 10, 2010 10:22 AM |

Energy consumption should be banned. The people do not have the right to poison the air with its by-products.

Posted by: mckenzo | November 10, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I really wish Obama had come in a pack.Wonder what the warning would be?

Posted by: jmounday | November 10, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Enough of the Nanny STATE. First, the statement is not truthful. It is no doubt harmful and contributes to Lung Cancer and Heart Disease, but anyone who believes that these things will cease if you don't smoke is just not thinking clearly. Second, there have never been any actual studies linking second hand smoke to any thing. They did meta studies, which is data mining of other studies, this method permits any answer you want to be found. The reason people buy into this is they did not like the smell of smoke, so the Clinton White house did a meta study. Second hand smoke may or may not cause issues, but it doesn't even pass the laugh test to say that it causes cancers and heart issues. The Govt. wants to tell you when to blink, stop the nonsense, this is supposed to be a free country, the govt removes those freedoms one by one.

Posted by: texian1 | November 10, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I believe if Obama would finally quit for good it may encourage others to quit also. I guess some folks are just too weak to quit.

Posted by: fury60 | November 10, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

It would be great if people would stop equating smoking to abortion. Abortion is a personal decision between a woman, her doctor and the father of her child. It doesn't affect the stranger walking down the street next to her. When you smoke and walk down the street or stand in a doorway, someone who doesn't smoke is affected by that. Why can't people who smoke seem to wrap their heads around this? Yes it is your right to smoke, it is also my right not to breathe in smoke if I don't want to.
Government please stop with all the warnings, written or pictures. No more commercials talking about how dangerous smoking is. In case you haven't noticed the people who smoke don't care. Please create a required hood for smokers that makes sure their smoke stays with them and doesn't travel. That way they can smoke where ever and whenever they feel like it and no one else has to be subjected to their smoke or infringe on their rights!

Posted by: StJamesGirl | November 10, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The tobacco companies absolutely LOVE the free advertising!

Posted by: faun6 | November 10, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

These are the same companies that knew about, communicated internally about and lied about the addictive and cancer causing properties of their product for decades. Tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands died. Tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands suffered. But that was OK, right? Take your "Nanny State" nonsense and park it where the sun doesn't shine.

Posted by: Lefty_ | November 10, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Good! Anything to discourage kids from taking up the habit is worth doing. My smoking started in high school in 1954 where us 'cool' guys would gather behind the gym and smoke our Lucky Strikes and Camels. Been fighting the habit ever since.

Posted by: kcooper35 | November 10, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

OH GIVE ME A BREAK! Where the heck was the gov't when BIG TOBACCO was making BILLIONS by getting us HOOKED? Oh PLEASE save me from myself! And btw, where are the GRAPHICS on greasy fried foods? I just LOVE watching obese people stuff their faces with junk food, all while telling ME I am ruining MY health by smoking! I did not stand a chance! My father chain smoked. During car trips, we were NEVER allowed to even CRACK a window. So the way I see it, I have been a tobacco addict since I was a baby. It is HIGH time our GOV'T remember WHAT they are SUPPOSED to be doing, and get out of MY LIFE! Who died and made them GOD? What gives them the right to dictate my life?

Posted by: alisonFEDUP8 | November 10, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

And ONE MORE THING.... Why were cigarettes CHANGED to add the "preventative" bands (keep the cigs from burning) yet THERE was NO NOTIFICATION of these changes?

If u REALLY trust the same gov't that allowed the companies to get us in this mess in the first place to DICTATE our lives now, I FEEL for ya!

Posted by: alisonFEDUP8 | November 10, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

If cigarettes kill people and are addictive, why are they LEGAL? Why does the US Government accept BILLIONS $ in taxes from their sale? Doesn't this make the government an accomplice in the killing of it's citizens? These warnings have been required for decades and the tax revenues keep rolling in. This is blatant hypocrisy.

Posted by: gc2010 | November 10, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

If this was something more than useless chest puffing, the FDA wouldn't be doing it's best to ban tobacco-less E-cigarettes. This liberal administration is about as useless as teats on a boar hog.

Posted by: TonysTake | November 10, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

So, neilo1, you'll be the first signature on the petition to ban automotive exhaust within 500 feet of public areas, right? Since that's demonstrably worse than second-hand cigarette smoke?

Posted by: whorton1 | November 10, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

These things still have nothing on Canada's warnings... they use graphic pictures of cancerous lungs, blood clots in the brain, tooth & gum decay, blood clots in the heart, and premature babies to send their message.

Posted by: Poligulous | November 10, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Graphic warnings help new smokers and continuing smokers alike to learn the dangers of smoking, and be reminded every time they pick up their pack.

The current warnings have not been changed in 25 years, and must be changed to adjust to our current knowledge and to address this huge public health problem.

These new warnings will provide a public health service to smokers and non-smokers, as it may lead to decreases of second hand smoke, and may influence pregnant women and other high risk groups to quit.

Through Medicare and Medicaid, the U.S. pays for tobacco-related illnesses, including heart disease, lung disease, emphysema, and dozens of cancers. These diseases contribute to taxpayers' costs every year.

Steps like instituting graphic warning labels are necessary to decrease the smoking rate in the U.S., and have been proven effective by medical professionals. Graphic warning labels are recommended by the World Health Organization and already in use in Australia, the EU and Canada.

This is a step in the right direction, hoping to save some of the 443,000 people who die every year from tobacco use.

Posted by: elizo | November 10, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Haha, maybe they need to start showing pictures of fat people on the sacks of fast food meals. Or a face covered with zits on a soft drink cup.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | November 10, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Instead of pictures which i believe will be fairly useless. I think we ought to ban the manufacture and sale of cigarettes. However since I believe that an adult should have the freedom to use whatever substance that they are silly enough to use. I would only allow the sale of bulk tobacco and rolling papers . I can pretty well guarantee you'll smoke less when you have to hand roll each one. Rolling machines would be verboten too.It won't happen though cause there's too much money to be made for the corrupt government.

Posted by: Reidcopeland | November 10, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, since the FDA and obozo's administration are incompetent as leaders, they are focusing on the minutae, so that they can actually admit to doing SOMETHING!!

Leave the poor smokers alone. They know all about the dangers of cigarettes. I hate smoky areas, the smoke makes me sick, but I can and do just leave. Cigarette butts on the ground are worst than the smoking. But leave them to die the way they want.

Big brother go away and do something of value: fix the economy and find me a job. These idiots in the government really show their total incompetence every time they focus on something stupid like this.

Posted by: Incredulous52 | November 10, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

HHS doesn't get it. The people want less government, not more.

Teenagers are going to love the new packages. I hear that in other countries they collect them like trading cards of yore.

Since more people are smoking every year, especially teens, that must be the real agenda of the HHS and anti-smokers: to increase smoking & tax revenue.

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Posted by: HLSHAP | November 10, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I realize the FDA is new at regulating cigarettes but they really need to do a bit of homework. Nicotine is an addictive drug. Graphic pictures will not stop someone from smoking. Cessation programs will help but are not being funded any more. This is where the money is going now? pictures? I urge the FDA to research addiction and propose an appropriate and realistic response. Cigarettes are the most effective drug delivery system ever made. Let us treat them for what they are; a drug that kills and people need help to quit. Not pictures.

Posted by: mahlin16 | November 11, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

The way I see it This just another way to waste money. Wheres the warning lables on alcohol, smokeless tobacco and driving while texting or talking on the phone or how about on amunition for our guns. Her the FDA is worried about new warning on cigerettes but not worried about a energy drink( fourloco) that is putting college students in the hospital.Why is the blame for every illness go to cigerettes when most of the blame should go to the makers of the chemicals that is sprayed on our food and given to our animals.

Posted by: dzrog | November 13, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, some of those pictures are pretty nasty. I'd like to think that they'd change peoples' minds, but I wonder if they're too shocking to be educational. In any case, I'd think twice before picking up something that looked like that.

Some real help should be included alongside these shocker tactics. An internet address or 800 number for a cessation program should be included. I think that would make this effort more educational and less demonizing.

Posted by: MaKo75 | November 15, 2010 3:52 AM | Report abuse

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