You’ll soon be seeing new warning labels on tobacco products.
The Food and Drug Administration announced mandatory warning labels for cigarette packs featuring larger and more visible graphics. The hope is to encourage smokers to quit or not to start in the first place by increasing awareness of specific health risks associated with smoking
Among the new labels are images of a man with a tracheotomy, a cadaver after an autopsy and labels that use phrases like “Smoking can kill you.”
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius hopes these warnings will result in lives saved as well as help in underlying healthcare costs.
Where we spend 75 cents of every healthcare dollar treating chronic disease, what are the areas if you want to lower health costs and have a healthier country that you can focus on, certainly tobacco and obesity become two of the major underlying causes.
These labels mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years.
According to the FDA tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States, and claims almost half a million lives each year.