New cigarette warning labels couldn’t make it any clearer that smoking is a bad, bad thing.
The nine health warnings unveiled by the Food and Drug Administration this week drive home that point with messages such as Smoking can kill you and Cigarettes cause cancer and feature graphic images of a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a hole in his neck.
The cigarette warning labels represent the most significant changes to cigarette labels in more than 25 years. They will appear on everything from packaging to advertisements to cigarette packs starting in September 2012.
Tobacco use is responsible for 443,000 deaths each year in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also costs the economy nearly $200 billion annually in medical costs and lost productivity.
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