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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

New Cigarette Warning Labels Have Shock Value

Published June 21, 2011 1:57 PM by Pam Tarapchak

Holy smokes! Have you seen the new FDA cigarette health warnings that will be used on cigarette packaging and advertisements beginning in September? You should take a look. The rotting teeth and mouth sores are pretty bad. The guy with the stapled chest (I'm presuming he's dead) is disturbing. But I guess that's the point, right?

Nine graphic health warnings will be required to appear on every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. and in every cigarette advertisement. The FDA hopes this "bold measure will help prevent children from smoking, encourage adults who do to quit, and ensure every American understands the dangers of smoking." 

Do you think the labels will work?


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