Cigarette smoking is about to get even less attractive. The Food and Drug Administration released nine new and very graphic warning labels Tuesday.
It is the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years. Among the images released Tuesday are rotting and diseased teeth and gums and a man with a tracheotomy smoking. The labels will take up the top half of a pack of cigarette packs.
Warning labels also must appear in advertisements and constitute 20 percent of an ad. Cigarette makers have until the fall of 2012 to comply.
Mandates to introduce new graphic warning labels were part of a law passed in 2009 that, for the first time, gave the federal government authority to regulate tobacco, including setting guidelines for marketing and labeling, banning certain products and limiting nicotine.
The new graphic cigarette warnings will be required on all cigarette packaging and ads in the U.S. beginning in 2012.
Click here to view the new warnings.
A news release from the FDA stated,