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WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers.

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: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Woman very upset, crying and holding hand to side of her face. Pictured on an example cigarette pack.

Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package.

 

Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Woman very upset, crying and holding hand to side of her face.
 Tobacco Smoke Causes
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Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Woman very upset, crying and holding hand to side of her face.

Tobacco Smoke Causes
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Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Graveyard with many tombstones. Pictured on an example cigarette pack.

Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package.

 

Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Graveyard with many tombstones. 

Tobacco Smoke Causes
Fatal Lung Disease in Nonsmokers #2A

 Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Graveyard with many tombstones.

Tobacco Smoke Causes
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Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Man blows smoke toward woman’s face; woman holds her hand over mouth and nose. Pictured on an example cigarette pack.

Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package. 

Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Man blowing smoke toward woman’s face.  Woman holding her hand over mouth and nose.

Tobacco Smoke Causes
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 Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Man blowing smoke toward woman’s face.  Woman holding her hand over mouth and nose.

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 Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Woman smoking across from man who covers his nose and mouth as smoke approaches. Pictured on an example cigarette pack.

Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package. 

Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Woman with cigarette standing across from a man, who covers his nose and mouth as smoke approaches.

Tobacco Smoke Causes
Fatal Lung Disease in Nonsmokers #4A

 Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Woman with cigarette standing across from a man, who covers his nose and mouth as smoke approaches.

Tobacco Smoke Causes
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 Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Man with hands in front of face blocking cloud of smoke. Pictured on an example cigarette pack.

 Proposed image as it would appear on a cigarette package. 

Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Man with hands in front of face blocking cloud of smoke.

Tobacco Smoke Causes
Fatal Lung Disease in Nonsmokers #5A

 Text: WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers. Image: Man with hands in front of face blocking cloud of smoke.

Tobacco Smoke Causes
Fatal Lung Disease in Nonsmokers #5B