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FDA proposes more prominent warnings for cigarettes

United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed on Thursday a rule which would require drastically larger health warnings on tobacco products, accompanied by graphic colored alerts promoting the negative consequences of smoking. In a press release, the FDA said that the measure represents "the most significant change to cigarette labels in more than 35 years," which would also affect the advertisements for cigarettes.

"New cigarette health warnings, once finalized, would appear prominently on cigarette packages and in advertisements, occupying the top 50% of the area of the front and rear panels of cigarette packages and at least 20% of the area at the top of cigarette advertisements. The warnings would be required to appear on packages and in advertisements 15 months after a final rule is issued," the press release noted.

Breaking the News / MA