Monday, November 15, 2010

Brand new smoking safety measures aim to surprise people who smoke clean

Smokers are getting polite alerts about cancer and passing away on cigarette labels for many years, to little avail. That will change, according to the FDA. New smoking caution labeling are being proposed that the agency dreams will reduce smoking cigarettes within the United States of America. The new cigarette warning labels are a result of congressional legislation that of course the FDA authority to regulate tobacco as a drug.

New cigarette labels shock many

At fda.gov you are able to see what the FDA posted for public remark that are the brand new cigarette warning labels that show the consequences of smoking graphically. The FDA’s proposed cigarette warning labels cover half the surface area of the pack. The pictures illustrate scenes that happen when people smoke. A body lying in a morgue with a t-shirt that says "I quit" on it, a woman smoking with a baby in her lap and a man smoking from a tracheotomy tube in his throat are all parts of these scenes. There are needs for graphic labels in over 30 countries already. Images of cancerous mouths and organs and blackened teeth are among these.

FDA seeks public remark on cigarette warnings

The Food and Drug Administration hopes that the public will remark on the cigarette labels. Until January 9, the public can see and make comments on 36 cigarette warning labels. Nine cigarette warnings can be chosen by June 22. New warning labels could be on cigarettes before October 22, 2012. This is the deadline for companies. The nation's largest cigarette manufacturer supports the newest warnings. This is Philip Morris USA. The New York Times spoke with director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Richard Hurt, who said that a change in packaging may be done by cigarette makers in order to make the message less hurtful to the product.

Tobacco use statistics

The Federal Government states that $96 billion is spent on tobacco which causes 443,000 deaths a year within the U.S. More than 46 million adults and nearly 3.5 million teenagers smoke. Each day about 1,000 teenagers and children become regular smokers and 4,000 more try smoking for the very first time.

Citations

New York Times

nytimes.com/2010/11/11/health/policy/11tobacco.html

Washington Post

washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/10/AR2010111003255.html

CNN

cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/10/cigarette.warnings/index.html?npt=NP1

FDA

fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/default.htm



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