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Will graphic cigarette warning labels help reduce smoking?



cigarettes.jpgCorpses, cancer patients and diseased lungs: These are some of the images the federal government plans for larger, graphic warning labels that will take up half of each cigarette package.

The images are part of a new campaign announced by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services today to reduce tobacco use, which is responsible for about 443,000 deaths per year.

"It acts as a very public billboard because you all of the sudden are reading something about lung cancer from that pack behind the cash register, whereas before you were just reading 'Marlboro,' " said David Hammond, a health behavior researcher at the University of Waterloo in Canada, who is working with the firm designing the labels with for the FDA.

What do you think? Will these graphic labels reduce the number of new smokers or nudge current smokers to finally kick the habit?

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 1:54pm]


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