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Judge Blocks FDA Plan for Graphic Cigarette Warnings
Date:11/8/2011

warnings with motivating them to quit and/or helping them to stay smoke-free."

Smoking is the leading cause of early and preventable death in the United States, resulting in some 443,000 fatalities each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and costs almost $200 billion every year in medical costs and lost productivity.

Over the last decade, countries as varied as Canada, Australia, Chile, Brazil, Iran and Singapore, among others, have adopted graphic warnings on tobacco products. Some are downright disturbing: in Brazil, cigarette packages come with pictures of dead babies and a gangrened foot with blackened toes.

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For more on the warning labels and to see the images, visit this FDA website.

SOURCES: Nov. 7, 2011, news release, Legacy, Washington, D.C.; Associated Press


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