“The existing warning labels on cigarette packs have not been updated in 25 years, so this is very good timing,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said at a second news conference Wednesday elaborating on the proposal. “Some of the images, I am sure you will agree, are very, very powerful — and that is the point. We need to make sure anyone considering smoking, particularly kids, fully appreciate the consequences of cigarette use.”
Proposed New Cigarette Warning Labels:
Among the proposed labels, all beginning with the word “WARNING” in capital letters:
- Cigarettes are addictive.
- Tobacco smoke can harm your children.
- Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease.
- Cigarettes cause cancer.
- Cigarettes cause strokes and heart disease.
- Smoking during pregnancy can harm your baby.
- Smoking can kill you.
- Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers.
- Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health.
The nine health warnings would be required to appear on the upper portion of the front and rear panels of a cigarette package and take up at least the top half of the panels, according to the FDA.