Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Visual Warnings on Cigarette Packs

The FDA announced today the requirements for cigarette manufacturers to put color graphic health warnings on every pack of cigarettes and every advertisement from September 12, 2012.
Look for these images on your smokes in 2012

As well as trying to discourage teens from starting smoking they are hoping to scare existing smokers into quitting with the nasty pictures and the threat of various consequences such as cancer, shriveled penis or irreversible ugliness.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she’s hopeful the tragic images will stop young people from picking up their first cigarette and give smokers the incentive to quit.

"Every day, almost 4,000 youths try a cigarette for the first time, and 1,000 youths become regular, daily smokers," Sebelius says. "Today marks an important milestone in protecting our children and the health of the American public."

The FDA are perennial killjoys and are planning a similar campaign early in 2011 to encourage moderation in alcohol consumption with shocking images and warnings on all liquor containers.

As always, the big boys in the beer industry are kissing ass and getting their compliant labels on the shelf way before any possible deadline has even been discussed. Both Anheuser Busch and MillerCoors have sent us examples of their new advertisements.

Do you still want to drink that 3rd beer?

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