FDA Unveils Silly New 'Graphic' Warning Labels for Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed new rules that would force cigarette makers to add graphic warning depictions of smoking's potential health consequences.

Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless says:

“As a cancer doctor and researcher, I am well aware of the staggering toll inflicted on the public health by tobacco products, which cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and other medical problems. While most people assume the public knows all they need to understand about the harms of cigarette smoking, there’s a surprising number of lesser-known risks that both youth and adult smokers and nonsmokers may simply not be aware of, such as bladder cancer, diabetes and conditions that can cause blindness.With these new proposed cigarette health warnings, we have an enormous public health opportunity to fulfill our statutory mandate and increase the public’s understanding of the full scope of serious negative health consequences of cigarette smoking. Given that tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S., there’s a lot at stake to ensure the public understands these risks. We remain committed to educating the public, especially America’s youth, about the dangers associated with using cigarettes and other tobacco products.”

The truth of the matter is, according to the CDC, cigarette smoking among US adults are at all-time lows.Just 14-percent of US adult are current daily cigarette smokers, down from just under 26% in 1991.

Reason.com Christian Britschgi notes:

At the same time as the FDA is trying to get people to quit smoking with flashy new warning labels, the agency is also making smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes less appealing.
Last week, the FDA ordered four companies to remove 44 flavored vaping and hookah products from the market. The agency has been cracking down on flavored e-cigarette products as part of its anti-teen vaping efforts...
The FDA's new warning labels, however, go beyond the mere provision of information. The agency is actively hijacking tobacco companies' products in order to spread its own anti-smoking message. Relaying public health information shouldn't have to come at the expense of corporations' free speech and property rights.

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