The FDA’s New and Improved Cigarette Warning Labels

Posted: August 2, 2011 in 2012, administration, foundation, libertarian, reason, reason.com, reason.org, reason.tv

The US Food and Drug Administration recently unveiled nine graphic warning labels that will appear on US cigarette packs in 2012. Some of the more gruesome labels include images of diseased lungs and tracheotomy holes. According to the FDA, these labels are “the most significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking and the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years.”

Will the graphic labels reduce smoking? Do Americans really need to be reminded that smoking isn’t good for them?

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