Last fall, the Food & Drug Administration announced they would be requiring tobacco packaging to carry larger and more graphic warning labels. And because our governmental agencies move like quicksilver, it only took about seven months for the FDA to finalize the nine images that will soon decorate your pack of Kools.
See below for larger versions of the nine warnings (or at the FDA site for full-on, hi-resolution images if you want).
The warnings cover a variety of tobacco-related maladies, from lung disease — in smokers and non-smokers — to strokes to cancer to, well… death. A pair of warnings target parents, reminding them that tobacco harms babies in and out of the womb. On a more positive note, one warning mentions the health benefits of quitting now.
These new labels, which must take up the top half of each pack of cigarettes will be significantly larger than the current text-only warnings. Additionally, a warning must be included on all advertising materials and must constitute 20% of the ad.
Because it will now take the cigarette brands more than a year to figure out which of the nine warnings will have the least impact on their core customers, these new labels will not be required to show up on packaging until fall of 2012.