RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – New graphic images will soon be on every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S! The FDA is trying to get your attention and we want to warn you the images are somewhat disturbing.
These images can be shown anywhere that cigarettes are advertised which could mean on billboards and even magazines. Starting Tuesday the FDA will narrow down those images to nine and they'll replace the current warning labels on cigarette packs. Almost everyone knows that smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer. Soon new FDA rules will make that image crystal clear.
"It says "Tobacco smoke can harm your children," explained NBC12's Evrod Cassimy.
"Ewww...that's....wow!" said smoker, Krystle Dullas.
"Pretty graphic right?" asked Cassimy.
"Pretty graphic, pretty personal," said Dullas.
We caught up with several smokers in Richmond's Fan District. All were taken aback by these new warning label images.
"It's kind of disgusting! Maybe it might make me want to quit!" said smoker, Constantine Trikoulis.
"Really?" asked Cassimy. "Didn't you already know that cigarettes are addictive?"
"Yes but when you see it like that, it makes you want to quit a little bit more," said Trikoulis.
These new images must be placed on half of the pack of cigarettes with the company brand name and logo on the other half. The FDA requires that cigarette companies put this into play by fall of next year.
Although graphic to some, it did little for helping the people we spoke with kick the habit.
"I'm addicted man!" said Trikoulis. "I've been doing it for so long now it's kind of hard just to drop it from looking at a picture."
"I already know all that stuff it's just I already do it!" said smoker, Ryan Yeskoo.
There are nine different images focusing on the dangers of smoking and the benefits of quitting. But for these smokers it'll take more than that to get them to quit.
"I don't think any type of written warning or graphic pictures will probably make them think twice," said Dullas.
If you'd like a closer look at these images just go to: http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/default.htm