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To Smoke, or Not to Smoke… Is It Really a Question?

Whether you are a smoker or not, the FDA’s new packaging requirements will surely capture your attention, make you consider quitting or inspire you to help someone you know quit.

Set to begin in September 2012, the FDA will require significantly larger health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States. Cigarette packaging hasn’t had a major change in more than 25 years, so the new warnings will be a dramatic shock to all. The top half of both the front and rear panels of cigarette packaging and at least 20 percent of any cigarette advertisement will be covered by the new warning labels. (You can find more information on the new warnings from the FDA.)
The goal of the new labels is to prevent children from smoking and encourage those who already smoke to stop. The labels will consist of nine different text warnings with corresponding images. Click here to get a sneak peak at all of the packages (not for those with weak stomachs!).

While I am not a smoker, I believe the new packaging will be hard for anyone to ignore. With such a dramatic change in warning size paired with the chosen graphic imagery, I think your conscience will make it tough to buy cigarettes with a horrible possible outcome pasted on the front of the box.

How do you feel about the new packaging?