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Question of the Day: What do you think of the new FDA cigarette warnings?

Take a moment to weigh in and tell us what you think in the comments section below.

The Food and Drug Administration released nine new graphic warnings for cigarette packages that the FDA hopes are scarier than cigarette prices to smokers (cigarettes cost about $10 a pack in Westchester). The graphics are the first change in cigarette warnings in over 25 years, reports the FDA.

The photographs are revolting and intimidating; they show rotting lungs, decayed teeth, a dead body and others. The warnings read: “Smoking can kill you” and is placed prominently on the package.

"The introduction of these warnings is expected to have a significant public health impact by decreasing the number of smokers, resulting in lives saved, increased life expectancy and lower medical costs," the FDA says on its website.

The new labels will be required on all cigarette packaging and ads in the United States beginning in September 2012. The labels must cover at least 50 percent of every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. by mid-2013.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the U.S. The CDC’s Web site states that about 443,000 people in the U.S. – nearly one in five – die from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke each year.

Jim Kelley June 24, 2011 at 01:19 PM
once again the Government is wrong,I smoke and this will have no affect on me at all,want me to stop smoking?Stop growing tobacco.Make it as illegal to grow
Andy Piatt June 24, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Jason, Are you seriously comparing the decision to ride a motorcycle to obesity and smoking? Obesity and smoking are the two leading reasons to cause an early death. I haven't seen any statistics that show people who ride motorcycles are burdening the healthcare system. You then go onto to say you'd rather enjoy the journey than live in a bubble of safety. You can enjoy the journey and you don't have to live in a bubble of safety, you just need to use common sense when you do things that have a certain element of risk and do them safely.
Sister Claudia Windal June 24, 2011 at 02:48 PM
The graphics are rough but they do make the point. I'm all for trying these graphics out and seeing if they make a difference. It's time we dig in and make the change to non-smoking. Sr. Claudia Windal, OSF
Jason Borchard June 24, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Andy, Motorcycle injuries are dispropotionately head trama type injuries that are extremely expensive in the long-term because of support care needed for those suffering such injuries. Your comment reeks of ignorance and knee-jerk logic. Obesity is many times predisposed through genetics, as is addiction susceptibility. Motorcycling is much more a product of choice compared with being fat or being additcted to smoking. If anything dangerous activities like motorcycling would be better targets for graphic warning lables than a physically addicting substance. And I should mention that I have a motorcycle license and ride with some regularity. Andy, life isn't safe. We all die. My point, which you apparently missed, is that people who make decisions that lead to costly health treatment shouldn't be paid for by other people who are living more carefully.
Mon June 24, 2011 at 03:30 PM
it might not make a difference to the people who have beeen smoking so long, it's prbably too late anyway for you. BUT, what about the children, teens that might scare the crap out of them, and it feel this will eventually make a difference.

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