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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive.

Overview
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) requires that cigarette packages and advertisements have larger and more visible graphic health warnings.

FDA issued a proposed rule

FDA seeks public comment on the proposed rule, Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements. As part of this, FDA is seeking comments on what required warnings to include in the final rule, including comments on the color graphics that are included in the proposal.  The proposed rule explains how to submit comments.

FDA plans to select a set of nine required warnings for the final rule, each of which is comprised of one color graphic that is paired with one of the nine textual warning statements.  In addition, for each of these nine sets, FDA expects that the final version would include one formatting option where the textual portion of the required warning is presented in black text on a white background and one formatting option where the textual portion of the required warning is presented in white text on a black background

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Man holding a cigarette.  Cigarette smoke comes from stoma (hole) in neck. Pictured on an example cigarette pack.

 Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package. 

 

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Man holding a cigarette.  Cigarette smoke comes from stoma (hole) in neck.

Cigarettes are Addictive #1A

  

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Man holding a cigarette.  Cigarette smoke comes from stoma (hole) in neck.

Cigarettes are Addictive #1B

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Cigarette being injected into arm. Pictured on an example cigarette pack.

Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package.

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Illustration of cigarette being injected into arm.

Cigarettes are Addictive #2A

 

 Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Illustration of cigarette being injected into arm.

Cigarettes are Addictive #2B

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Man with a cigarette on puppet strings controlled by hands above. Pictured on an example cigarette pack. 

 Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package.

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Illustration of a man with a cigarette on puppet strings controlled by hands above.

Cigarettes are Addictive #3A


  Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Illustration of a man with a cigarette on puppet strings controlled by hands above.

Cigarettes are Addictive #3B 

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Woman outside in the rain smoking a cigarette, holding newspaper over head. Pictured on an example cigarette pack.

 Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package.

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Woman outside in the rain smoking a cigarette, holding newspaper over head.

Cigarettes are Addictive #4A

 

 Text: WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Woman outside in the rain smoking a cigarette, holding newspaper over head.

Cigarettes are Addictive #4B