TAMPA - The Food and Drug Administration unveiled new warning labels on Tuesday that will eventually be plastered on every single cigarette box. The FDA says it will mark the biggest change in cigarette labels in more than 25 years.
The final 9 images were unveiled at 6 a.m. Some of the pictures are graphic, straight forward and deliver the message "smoking can kill you."
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We showed the pool of about 20 images to a few long-time smokers at a gas station in New Port Richey. James Parker, who has smoked more than 18 years, says he rarely pays attention to warning labels on the cigarettes packs he buys each morning.
As Parker looked at one of the proposed images, showing a hole in a man's throat with smoke escaping, Parker says, "Man, if I saw that it would make me think about quitting smoking."
The new warning labels are required under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The chosen warning labels will appear on cigarette packaging and advertising by September 2012.
Some in the pool of ideas are less graphic, like one stating "Cigarettes are addictive." Scot Statts, who has smoked for 20 years, says "Well of course. It's a little much I think. If you choose to smoke you are taking a risk. This is kind of offensive I guess."
Other proposed images depict a dead body and a cancer stricken mouth.
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