Gory Cigarette Warnings Are Not New Around World
NEW YORK (AP) - While new warning labels on cigarette packs that show a diseased lung or rotting teeth may be shocking to U.S. consumers, graphic warnings are nothing new to those in some other parts of the world.
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new labels for cigarette packs that aim to show the dangers of smoking by showing images such as a diseased lung and an emaciated cancer patient, but more than 40 countries around the world already require warnings as graphic as the new U.S. labels. And they're getting the results the U.S. is hoping for.
In Canada, Brazil, Thailand and other countries, stronger warnings have been associated with an increase in the number of smokers trying to quit.
To see some more of the warning labels, check out the FDA's web page on cigarette health warnings.