Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.
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A look in the mirror for smokers?
New warning labels designed for cigarette packages will force smokers to see, at least for a moment, the future that may await them if they don’t stop lighting up. The labels are huge compared to the small box of text you now see on cigarette packs, and they include graphic images of the damage smoking causes.
The Food and Drug Administration will select a set of nine labels by June, and cigarette makers will be required to start wrapping them around their packs by September 2010. One proposed label shows a corpse with a toe tag, next to the words “WARNING: Smoking causes fatal lung disease.” Another proposed label – this one focused on the harm smokers can cause to those around them – shows a woman blowing smoke toward a baby.
To view the images and learn more, visit http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/default.htm