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WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease.

 

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 cause fatal lung disease. Image: Toe tag on foot of a dead body in a morgue. Pictured on an example cigarette pack.

Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package.

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease. Image: Toe tag on foot of a dead body in a morgue.

Cigarettes Cause Fatal Lung Disease #1A

 Text: WARNING:
            Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease. Image: Toe tag on foot of a dead body in a morgue.

Cigarettes Cause Fatal Lung Disease #1B

 Text:WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease. Image: Lungs filled with cigarette butts; letters stating “I cause disease” highlighted within warning statement. Pictured on example cigarette pack.

Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package.

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease. Image: Illustration of lungs filled with cigarette butts.  Letters forming the statement “I cause disease” are highlighted within the warning statement.

Cigarettes Cause Fatal Lung Disease #2A

 Text: WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease. Image: Illustration of lungs filled with cigarette butts.  Letters forming the statement “I cause disease” are highlighted within the warning statement.

Cigarettes Cause Fatal Lung Disease #2B

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease. Image: Healthy lungs next to diseased lungs.  Smoke around diseased lungs. Pictured on an example cigarette pack. 

  Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package.

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease. Image: Healthy lungs next to diseased lungs. Smoke around diseased lungs.

Cigarettes Cause Fatal Lung Disease #3A

 Text: WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease. Image: Healthy lungs next to diseased lungs. Smoke around diseased lungs.

Cigarettes Cause Fatal Lung Disease #3B

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease. Image: Doctor pointing to x-ray of lungs. Pictured on an example cigarette pack.

Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package.

 

Text: WARNING: Cigarettes
            cause fatal lung disease. Image: Doctor pointing to x-ray of lungs.

Cigarettes Cause Fatal Lung Disease #4A

 Text: WARNING: Cigarettes
            cause fatal lung disease. Image: Doctor pointing to x-ray of lungs.

Cigarettes Cause Fatal Lung Disease #4B