From the L.A. Times:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Corpses, cancer patients and diseased lungs: These are some of the images the federal government plans for larger, graphic warning labels that will take up half of each cigarette package.
The images are part of a new campaign announced by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday to reduce tobacco use, which is responsible for about 443,000 deaths per year.
"It acts as a very public billboard because you all of the sudden are reading something about lung cancer from that pack behind the cash register, whereas before you were just reading 'Marlboro,' " said David Hammond, a health behavior researcher at the University of Waterloo in Canada, who is working with the firm designing the labels with for the FDA.
....Anti-tobacco advocates are applauding the federal campaign and the new warning labels.
"This is going to stop kids from starting to smoke ... and it's going to give smokers a strong incentive to quit smoking," said Patrick Reynolds, the grandson of R.J. Reynolds and executive director of the Foundation for a Smokefree America. Reynolds' father, brother and other relatives died from smoking-related illnesses.
It remains to be seen how well the scare tactics will work.
"I don't think they're going to be a deterrent at all for people who already smoke. Most people start smoking when they're young, and I don't think they're going to think about the effects," said 27-year-old Zak Hoffman, who has been smoking since age 14.
Well, Zak, that's because I'm not the one picking out the pictures.
Forget cancer, gum disease, and tongue amputations.
Put me in charge of the pictures, and I'll scare the hell out of some smokers.
How about the now-proven link between smoking and economic retardation, communication difficulties, and an inability to speak without prompts?
I got yer frightening graphic images right here. Get the kids out of the room, back away from your computer, and hit this link.
A fresh coat of Whitening to the P.O.W. In California for the heads up on this one.