U.S. unveils graphic tobacco warnings.
Diseased lungs, dead bodies, a man on a ventilator and mothers smoking
close to their children's faces
are among the images U.S. health officials are considering in their effort
to revamp tobacco warning labels.
The graphic health warnings," unveiled in November 2010, aim to depict
the negative effects of smoking,
and they will be required on all cigarette packages and advertisements
as of October 2012. More
prominent warnings on cigarette packages, including larger text labels,
were mandated in a June 2009 law
putting the multibillion-dollar tobacco industry under the control of the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
These warnings are based on the best evidence about how to raise awareness
and concern about the
health effects of smoking with at-risk youth and smokers "For the
first time ever, they will say that
tobacco products are addictive, and they will say in the bluntest of terms
that tobacco can kill,"
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. We need to make sure that anyone
who is considering
smoking fully appreciates the consequences of cigarette use." But
investors are skeptical that
the warnings will have much impact on sales of cigarettes. Charles Norton,
a portfolio manager
GNI Capital, said similar efforts in other markets around the world have
had a little effect. "I think
it will ultimately have a very limited impact on consumption," Norton
said. Philip Morris, the largest
U.S. cigarette maker, supported the overall bill, while some smaller rivals
( By Jon Lentz and Emily Stephenson ) Reuter, November 10, 2010
FDA unveiled graphic tobacco warning.
American Lung Association released a comment that this is an extraordinary
event, which will cut the influence of
tobacco industry lasted for more than 60 years.
Minister of Hwalth welcomed this decision and said all Americans will know
the risk of tobacco smoke by seeing
a warning picture of tobacco.
The smoking rate of Canada fell down 20% since 2000, when a graphic warning
of tobacco started.
Twenty percent of high school students admit smoking.
The 4000 teens try smoking each day.
Do you stop smoking by seeing the picture warning?
Yes, I don't to be a such sick man in a photo.
No, smokers still continue to put a light on, if they desire so.
Source: ABC News, breadcast by NHK, November11, 2010
FDA released new warning and graphic plans for cigarette packs in November,
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The article was written in November 2010 by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.