What kinds of warnings will appear on cigarette packages under the Tobacco Control Act and when will they be added?
The Food and Drug Administration is working to complete the rules for labeling of cigarette packages under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act or simply the Tobacco Control Act.
The act requires cigarette packages and advertisements to have larger and more visible graphic health warnings.
The proposed warnings are:
WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive.
WARNING: Tobacco smoke can harm your children.
WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease.
WARNING: Cigarettes cause cancer.
WARNING: Cigarettes cause strokes and heart disease.
WARNING: Smoking during pregnancy can harm your baby.
WARNING: Smoking can kill you.
WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers.
WARNING: Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health.
The FDA has opened a public comment period that runs through Jan. 11. The color graphics are required to be in place by June 22, 2011.
For more information, visit: www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/ucm2024177.htm