The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is facing legal charges from anti-tobacco groups. The latter require that suggestive images should be displayed on cigarette packs. The images should suggest the effects of tobacco so that people should know what to expect.
The .S. Food and Drug Administration ordered graphic labels for cigarette packs back in 2011. The images included damaged lungs and a body ready for an autopsy. There were also messages drawing people’s attention to the harmful effects of smoking. However, these images were removed after another court trial.
The law requiring suggestive images on cigarette packs entered into force seven years ago, back in 2009. FDA intended to cope up with the new regulations and issued the 2011 images. However, since they were removed, there was no other intention from officials to replace them with new ones. This is what caused the reaction of health and anti-tobacco groups.
The recent trial took place on October 4. The main accusers were the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, as well as other health groups. All in all, there are eight groups which press charges against FDA.
The aim of these agencies is to raise awareness about the effects of smoking on people’s health. They are concerned because cigarettes are also used by minors. Specialists warn that there is a high risk with smokers of getting a disease because of their habit. Premature death is also one of the possible long-term effects.
The accusers also have the argument of other states which follow the rule of suggestive images on cigarette packs. Canada and Australia are just two of the states that experienced improvement with the rate of smokers due to a proper advertisement. A study conducted four years ago shows that the graphic labels reduced the number of smokers in Canada up to five percent, which is a significant figure.
Specialists believe that suggestive image would make especially kids think twice before grabbing a cigarette. Adults might also feel less eager about smoking due to the permanent warning. Experts also think that if the law came into effect sooner, the United States could have had fewer smokers by millions.
As far as health problems are concerned, smoking can affect the human organism in many ways. The lungs are the first organs to be affected. However, heart diseases are also related to tobacco use. Do you agree with new suggestive images on cigarette packs?
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