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FDA Released Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released pictures of the new warning labels that will be required on all cigarette packaging. Some of the pictures are graphic, depicting some of the worst effects that smoking can have on people.

According to the FDA, the warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years.  The FDA goes on to say they are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking.

In all, there are nine different warnings that have text and accompanying color graphics. The FDA hopes the warnings will increase awareness of specific health risks associated with smoking. The warnings are designed to encourage smokers to quit and to keep children from starting in the first place.

The new regulations start in September of 2012.

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