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News From the Food and Drug Administration
April 21, 2020

Graphic Health Images Are Coming to Cigarette Packaging

JAMA. 2020;323(15):1436. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4790

Beginning in June 2021, people who buy cigarettes will get their tobacco fix from packages with stark images that depict lesser-known smoking risks such as stunted fetal growth or increased odds of developing bladder cancer.

Following last year’s proposed rule on the packaging requirements, the FDA finalized 11 required warnings based on consumer research studies, the relevant scientific literature, public comments, and other legal and policy considerations. The warnings include risks for head and neck cancer, type 2 diabetes, cataracts, erectile dysfunction, and amputation of limbs from reduced blood flow.