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Health officials unveil graphic tobacco warning labels
The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 21, 2011 | Reuters

Posted on 06/21/2011 6:41:59 AM PDT by re_tail20

Dead bodies, diseased lungs and a man on a ventilator were among the graphic images for revamped tobacco labels unveiled on Tuesday by U.S. health officials.

Proposed in November under a law that put the multibillion-dollar tobacco industry under the control of the Food and Drug Administration, the new labels must be on cigarette packages and in advertisements starting in October 2012.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg were to announce the nine new warnings at the White House, but the labels were released early Tuesday at

http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteWarningLabels/default.htm.

They show images that may disturb some, including one titled "WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive," illustrated with a photograph of a man smoking a cigarette through a hole in his throat.

Others messages point out the dangers of secondhand smoke to children, tobacco's causal link to fatal lung disease, cancer, strokes, heart disease and death.

Sebelius said their goal is to stop children from starting to smoke and offer adults who want to quit some help.

"We have about 4,000 people under 18 who try their first cigarette and about 1,000 of them become permanent smokers. And that's not good for our country," she told the CBS "Early Show."

"This is really aimed at making sure kids don't start in the first place."

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cigarettes

1 posted on 06/21/2011 6:42:04 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

Sebelius, you have to know that you and your bureaucrats are schizophrenic about this.

In all probability, these ads were paid for by taxes on cigarettes, thus forming another useless circle.


2 posted on 06/21/2011 6:44:00 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

are they gonna have to post a disclaimer a la weight loss ads = “results not typical”???


3 posted on 06/21/2011 6:47:21 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: re_tail20

It is way way past time to do away with this repressive administration and all its bureaucratic minions.


4 posted on 06/21/2011 6:48:23 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: re_tail20
TTIWWOP

Gruesome Graphic

5 posted on 06/21/2011 6:49:49 AM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader

WARNING: CIGARETTES CAUSE BRITISH SMILES.


6 posted on 06/21/2011 6:54:47 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses to the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: re_tail20

But don’t you dare show a picture of an aborted baby, don’t you dare. You an show Weiner in panty hose though, it’s the DNC way.


7 posted on 06/21/2011 7:00:06 AM PDT by Waco (Nominate Palin or forget 2012 you lost)
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To: re_tail20
This is stupid. If smokes are so "evil," then the government should ban them, right?

I like how the morons who came up with this policy cite how it has worked so effectively in other countries when anyone with half a brain knows that this isn't even remotely true.

Government is the only true smoking addict. If all the smokers in the country dropped the habit today, government would be screaming about the dearth of smokes tax revenue. If anything, government should be encouraging people to smoke, just to collect that extra money.

And before anyone flames me, no I do not believe that smokes, or any other form of recreational drugs, should be banned. I am just using that logical assertion to show that government still wants to play the fool's game of being on both sides of this issue.

8 posted on 06/21/2011 7:00:17 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: re_tail20

So I expect that graphic abortion pictures at Planned Parenthood are next. (/sarc)


9 posted on 06/21/2011 7:00:33 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Fractal Trader; re_tail20
I like picture 23

Only slightly subliminal there...
Notice the bold letters.

10 posted on 06/21/2011 7:00:42 AM PDT by jurroppi1
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
WARNING: CIGARETTES CAUSE BRITISH SMILES.

ok, not THAT is a warning label that might make me consider quitting..
11 posted on 06/21/2011 7:01:00 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

cigarettes cause cancer.
abortions cause breast cancer.
marijuana causes nothing.

yet we tax the heck out of one,
subsidize the second,
and declare a costly war on the third ?


12 posted on 06/21/2011 7:03:20 AM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: re_tail20

At some foreign airport (Heathrow? Munich? Montreal? don’t recall which) I happened across a large walk-thru ad/sculpture for cigarettes. Couldn’t tell if it was a spoof or serious, with all the “buy me! smoke me!” promotion equally juxtaposed with the “danger! warning!” graphic imagery. Heck, the experience was so surreal it was a bit hard to tell if it was real or a movie. I’m sure I saw something like it years ago on film as a spoof of the future, and then was startled to find myself in it.


13 posted on 06/21/2011 7:05:10 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: jurroppi1
I'm sorry....Those pictures are just plain wrong.

Try putting pictures of fat ladies on chip bags and see what happens.

14 posted on 06/21/2011 7:05:10 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: re_tail20

As long as the nation is headed in this direction, we should place labels in clearly observable places which say, in bold letters, “Working for government rots your brain.”

And, of course, there should be distinct and graphic labels to match.


15 posted on 06/21/2011 7:06:55 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: re_tail20

What in the hell is the gooberment gonna do when every smoker in America quits? What are these pencil-necked dweeb tobacco Nazi’s gonna do when every smoker in America quits? They’re gonna kill their own cash cow if they’re not careful. Call their bluff. Someone in Congress present a bill making tobacco illegal in America. Hub and I quit the first of this year.......not because we wanted to but because we had to and I’d love to see every smoker do the same but I’m sure not gonna demonize and harrass those who do smoke.


16 posted on 06/21/2011 7:07:00 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: pnh102
Government is the only true smoking addict. If all the smokers in the country dropped the habit today, government would be screaming about the dearth of smokes tax revenue.

have you noticed that the states that ban smoking in public places- specifically bars and restaurants- are all having increasingly worse budget problems? when they do make the connection that there's a huge loss of tax revenue because people are either smoking less or quitting, the solution is to raise taxes, not to repeal the law.
17 posted on 06/21/2011 7:10:24 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Elendur

technically, neither cigarettes nor abortions cause cancer, they just increase your likelihood of getting it.


18 posted on 06/21/2011 7:12:58 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: re_tail20
I have an occasional cigar maybe a couple of times a year but



those who enjoy using a legal product on a daily basis should tell all those who demonize their freedom to piss-off.

I respect this soldier a hell of a lot more than some hypocrite federal stooge like this lying POS


19 posted on 06/21/2011 7:16:25 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: re_tail20

Worse than the Soviet Union 50 years ago.


20 posted on 06/21/2011 7:16:50 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: absolootezer0
... when they do make the connection that there's a huge loss of tax revenue because people are either smoking less or quitting ...

Indeed. I'll add to this that a lot of frustrated smokers also purchase "clandestinely" from Indian reservations or neighboring states with lower smokes taxes, or, they roll their own.

I've always taken a bit of a guilty pleasure in giving the government "exactly what it wants" as a means of protesting such laws. For example, I've never smoked, but I would never take up the habit simply because of the taxes involved. But this goes to things like always stopping at red lights with the cameras, no matter how much of a pain in the ass it is, or slowing down through speed camera enforcement zones, just so I do not get a ticket. Once bag taxes take effect here, I plan to simply not use grocery bags when I shop, or I just bring extra bags I have laying around, just so I do not pay a single penny more in tax.

21 posted on 06/21/2011 7:22:15 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: re_tail20

How about posting pictures of AIDS patients outside of gay bars?


22 posted on 06/21/2011 7:45:04 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: fruser1

How about pictures of car accident victims on the dashboard of every new GM car?


23 posted on 06/21/2011 7:47:46 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: pnh102
Prohibition didn't work...It was a womens issue but a man thing.

Just like liquor, they won't outlaw it at a Federal Level. And it's a cash cow for most states.

Again...It was a womens issue...that they turned into a health issue....that they turned into a childrens isuue all "to control the masses"

Time to put diseased livers on liquor bottles, aortas bursting on chip bags...

24 posted on 06/21/2011 7:47:58 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Yeah, I hear you. I was hoping the sarcasm in my post would translate well (did you take it in a way other than was meant/was my sarcasm about liking that pic not evident?).


25 posted on 06/21/2011 7:49:19 AM PDT by jurroppi1
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

LMAO


26 posted on 06/21/2011 8:02:31 AM PDT by Moleman
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