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US releases graphic package warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 21 June announced the final nine picture-based warnings that will appear on the top 50 per cent of the front and back of cigarette packages.

The warnings include a toll-free quit line number. As of 22 Sept. 2012, manufacturers will not be able to manufacture cigarettes without the new warnings on packaging, and as of 22 Oct. 2012, manufacturers will not be able to distribute cigarettes without the new warnings on packaging.

Picture warnings will also be required on the top 20 per cent of cigarette warnings.  (The US does not have a ban on tobacco advertising.)

More information

Main FDA web page with information on the new graphic warnings. It includes:
- the warnings themselves, including in high resolution versions;
- versions of the warnings with Spanish text;
- a frequently-asked-questions document.
 

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