Anti-smoking organizations are going to use extreme measures to be heard
Elena Vnorovscaia/ Chişinău / Moldova.ORG/ -- New scary picture labels are going to appear on U.S. cigarette packages.
Tobacco manufacturers are going to sue the U.S. authorities for what they have introduced a new order of registration of cigarette packs. Tobacco companies say that the move is unconstitutional.
Will the nine new warning labels unveiled Tuesday by U.S. health officials curb the nation's deadliest habit by swathing cigarette packs and advertisements in these sometimes grisly, surely disturbing, pictures and graphics?
There recently passed a law letting to show pictures of terrible consequences for smokers on the cigarette package in the United States. In its turn, the Office for Quality Control of Food and Drug Administration has selected nine pictures.
36 applicants to list the consequences were: rotting teeth, a hole in the neck and etc. U.S. government has gone to such drastic measures the in order to reduce tobacco consumption by 50%. As shown by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. 20% of adults regularly smoke and die from the effects of tobacco - 443 thousand people in a year.
Smoker accepts into his organism about 200 puffs per day, 4,000 chemical compounds, and poisons are30 items from them.
“We are pleased with the images they picked,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive of the American Heart Association. “They strongly depict the adverse consequences of smoking. They will get people’s attention. And they will certainly be much more memorable than the current warning labels.”
“This is a critical moment for the United States to move forward in this area,” the F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, said in an interview. “The trends in smoking really support the need for more action now. For four decades, there was a steady decline in smoking, but five to seven years ago we leveled off at about the 20 percent level of adult and youth smoking in this country.”
The labels must occupy the top half of both the front and back of a pack of cigarettes, and 20 percent of an ad. Also, the pictures are accompanied by short messages such as "Cigarettes are addictive" and "Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers." They also include a number to call for help, 1-800-QUIT NOW.