UNDATED - Proposed new warning labels for cigarette packages and advertisements could shock consumers into facing the health dangers of smoking.
The FDA is working to modify the required warnings that appear on cigarette packages and in advertisements. According to the FDA, these new required warnings would consist of nine new textual warning statements accompanied by color graphics depicting the negative health consequences of smoking.
The Tobacco Control Act requires the FDA to issue its final regulations by June 22, 2011. The new health warnings would take effect 15 months after issuance of this final rule.
The FDA is asking the public to weigh-in on its decision beginning Friday, November 12, 2010 through Tuesday, January 11, 2011.
According to the FDA's website you can submit an official comment by:
- Go to www.regulations.gov and insert docket number FDA-2010-N-0568 into the "search" box and follow the prompts.
- Send a fax, with your comments, to 301-827-6870.
- Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions) to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
The website notes that all comments should be identified by Docket ID No. FDA-2010-N-0568, and says it's only necessary to send one set of comments.