Skip to comments.Health officials unveil graphic tobacco warning labels
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
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."
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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.
are they gonna have to post a disclaimer a la weight loss ads = “results not typical”???
It is way way past time to do away with this repressive administration and all its bureaucratic minions.
WARNING: CIGARETTES CAUSE BRITISH SMILES.
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.
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.
So I expect that graphic abortion pictures at Planned Parenthood are next. (/sarc)
Only slightly subliminal there...
Notice the bold letters.
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 ?
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.
Try putting pictures of fat ladies on chip bags and see what happens.
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.
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.
technically, neither cigarettes nor abortions cause cancer, they just increase your likelihood of getting it.
Worse than the Soviet Union 50 years ago.
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.
How about posting pictures of AIDS patients outside of gay bars?
How about pictures of car accident victims on the dashboard of every new GM car?
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...
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?).