Graphic Labels Coming To Cigarette Packages

By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Within a couple of years we’ll likely see graphic images on cigarette packages. Images of corpses, cancer patients and diseased lungs are among the items being considered. The Food and Drug Administration will gather input before final decisions are made.

“Certainly stronger warning labels we’ve seen from other countries that have this do have an effect,” said Mike Sheldon of the anti-smoking group, ClearWay Minnesota.

Sheldon said an estimated 17 percent of Minnesota adults continue to smoke. He hopes the new graphic images will help some of those smokers quit and stop young people from starting.

“We ignore the tobacco industry at our own risk,” he said.

Major tobacco companies are reviewing the plan and have filed lawsuits claiming large graphics would make it difficult to see the brand names of cigarettes.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

  • tom

    I think if they do this , they should also put pictures of fatal car crashes caused by drunk drivers on beer labels and pictures of ruined livers and kidneys on booze bottles . Only fair ? If you want to pick on one vice , then lets go after them all .

    • Randy

      I agree with Tom. I also think they should could include these type of pictures to go along with all cell phone packages to encourage everyone (especially kids) to quit texting and driving.

      This marketing concept may actually help decrease all three of these unfortunate issues.

  • nancy dobmeier

    My family lost a loved one at age 51, directedloy related to smoking.
    My husband had stopped smoking, however, the damage was done.
    He died while excersing. Had finally decided to do what was recommended.

    I have been a facilator for the Cancer Society.Also a Radioloigic Technologist for 30 yrs.

    I have freinds that still smoke. It breaks my heart when I hear “the cough, the rattle, in their chest.”

    Smoking, directly left two children (16 &19) and a wife of 24 years.

    Good news,his daughter is majoring in premed at Hamline, wanting to educate and make a difference in health care.

    Educate, educate, educate is the anwser. Smoking is not cool.

  • Randy

    My mother was just diagnosed with lung cancer. She has been a long time smoker and has tried many times to quit this horrible, addictive DRUG but has been unsuccesful in doing so. If promoting this new marketing concept can help deter young people to not start smoking in the first place, then this may be a good method. I don’t know how effective this will be for current smokers since I believe they already know the consequences but don’t seem to want to believe that it would happen to them. The sad thing about smoking is that most of the damage happens from the inside out, so people don’t quit until it’s too late.

  • Jim

    I think this is just more government trying to legislate what they think is best! What next, large obese childrens photo’s on any fast food over 500 calories? Picture’s of clogged arteries would look great on packages of red meat! How about some nice graphic photo’s of auto accidents on the dash of all cars. Graphic photo’s of airplane crashes on your tickets. Photo’s of people whose life has been ruined on all alcohol labels, Graphic photo’s of people that have cut themselves with a sharp knife. How about a graphic photo of a fractured skull on all helmets. Parapalegic people that were injured from falling off a ladder?
    They have taxed cigarettes to death, and people are still buying them. What percentage of smokers will will stop smoking because of these photo’s? Kind of reminiscent of the “war on drugs” just think how well that worked.

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