U.S. Food and Drug Administration Announces New Cigarette Packaging Requirements

"Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States." Following what has been done in many countries all over the world U.S FDA cigarette labels will require larger, more graphic images on the packaging." 

Details below.

"These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking.  The introduction of these warnings is expected to have a significant public health impact by decreasing the number of smokers, resulting in lives saved, increased life expectancy, and lower medical costs."

"Placement of New Warnings on Cigarette Packages and Advertisements

Starting in September 2012, the new cigarette health warnings will appear

  • on the top 50 percent of both the front and rear panels of each cigarette package.
  • in the upper portion of each cigarette advertisement, occupying at least 20 percent of the area of the advertisement. "

Find more information on the new warnings from the FDA.