Daily Archives: June 22, 2011

FDA reveals new labels required on packages, ads

Cigarette packages will soon be splashed with horror-movie-style warning labels showing corpses, diseased lungs, and rotted teeth, which were among nine new images unveiled yesterday by the Food and Drug Administration. By September 2012, cigarette manufacturers will be required to place these images across the top half of every pack, with large-type warnings such as “smoking can kill you’’ and “cigarettes are addictive.’’

Cigarette tax: Not about money?

I grew up Longview, Washington. A small town on the banks of the Columbia River, on the Washington-Oregon border, Longview had a few small stores, mostly catering to the logging industry that inundates all small towns in the Pacific Northwest. For Christmas shopping, or, come to think of it, for any big-ticket purchases, my family would hit the I-5 South to Portland, Oregon.

Feds look to regulate food similar to tobacco

The federal government has a growing interest in the eating habits of Americans for the same reason it has an interest in tobacco consumption, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

La. House renews tobacco tax

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana House reinvigorated a proposal Monday to renew the 4-cent cigarette tax, trying to sidetrack Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of the measure.

FDA unveiled new graphic images

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled new mandatory health warnings for cigarette packages on Tuesday; the warnings are the cigarettes grafic imageboldest seen thus far in the U.S., designed to scare the pants off kids who are even thinking about smoking and help adults make the decision to quit.