Nine new warning labels were approved and are now required to be placed on cigarette packages effective in 2012.
The FDA selected nine images from an originally proposed 36 after reviewing the relevant scientific literature, analyzing the results from an 18,000 person study and considering more than 1,700 comments from a variety of groups, including retailers, health professionals, public health and other advocacy groups, academics, state and local public health agencies, medical organizations and individual consumers.
These new cigarette warnings, which were proposed in November 2010, were required under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This national legislation was signed into law in 2009 and provided the FDA with the authority to regulate tobacco products.
Through this legislation, the U.S. will join 43 other countries that already require graphic pictures or images on cigarette packs designed to discourage smoking.
Tobacco use remains the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the United States and in Indiana, killing more than 27 Hoosiers every day and causing more than $2 billion each year in health care costs. As the warning labels encourage smokers to try to quit, we need to make sure that all smokers have access to proven methods that help them succeed in quitting, including counseling and medications.
The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is a resource that all adult Hoosiers can use to help them quit.
They can simply call 1-800-Quit-Now to speak with a trained coach to aid them in becoming tobacco-free for life.
For more information, call 1-800-Quit-Now, or call Kandace Brown at 812-232-5190.
The local health department is also waiting to assist those who desire free cessation classes and Nicotine Replacement Therapy.