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FDA releases mandated cigarette warning labels with gory smoking photos

FDA releases mandated cigarette warning labels with gory smoking photos
Warning: Viewing cigarette smoking warning labels may be hazardous to your health, at least visually, mentally and emotionally!

Scroll down through this post to see all nine FDA cigarette warning labels, as recently released 

These images are quite graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers. 

Actually, that's sort of the idea.

For decades, cigarette product packaging has borne printed warnings on the health risks of smoking tobacco. The U.S. Surgeon General has been widely quoted. (A series of Surgeon Generals have come out on the dangers of first- and second-hand smoke.)

Consumers have long known the potential perils of participating in smoking. 

Various cancers (including cancer of the bladder, cervix, esophagus, kidney, larynx, lung, mouth, throat, stomach, uterus and more), emphysema, leukemia, heart disease, miscarriages, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), bronchitis and other dangers have been widely known.

Now, however, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken these cautions to a new level. 

Perhaps patterning their approach after graphic displays produced by many other nations, the FDA has come out with a series of gory full-color images portraying the hazards of smoking.

By fall 2012, cigarette packaging will likely be expected to sport the new FDA warnings. The warning labels are to be placed across the tops of all packages of cigarettes.

The images are also to be included in advertisements for cigarettes.

And holy moley! 

Did you know Americans purchase 15 billion packs of cigarettes each year? 

Who still thinks smoking is sexy? 

Has tobacco lost its appeal?

Do you think the new FDA warning labels will stop people from smoking? Will the graphic and disturbing images deter folks from lighting up?

Can scary photos cause smokers to kick the habit? Will tobacco addictions be broken by viewing these jarring images?

What do you think?

How do you feel about the FDA's series of proposed cigarette warning labels?

And what about other smoking products, such as pipe and chewing tobacco? 
Will FDA warnings be added to these items? Should tobacco companies be required to place such images on these other products?

Here's a peek at the gory cigarette warning photos.

Take a look at the new FDA cigarette warning labels, representing the first substantive change in printed cigarette warnings in nearly a quarter of a century in the U.S.:

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