Everyone should know by now that smoking is dangerous to your health. Since1966 cigarette packages in the United States have been required to have a warning stating they may be hazardous to your health. In fact the U.S. lead the way when it came to making warnings mandatory, but our country has taken a back seat since then. Today, cigarettes sold in the U.S. have one of the smallest, least prominent warnings on the pack. The warnings just don’t grab the attention of the smoker to get the message across that smoking is a danger to their health.
Brazil followed the U.S. in providing warning labels, and in fact was the first country in Latin America to require warning images on their cigarette packs. Since 2001, 100% of the back of the pack is covered with warnings and includes a graphic image. Each pack of cigarettes contains the warning “This product contains over 4700 toxic substances and nicotine, which causes physical or psychological addiction. There are no safe levels for the intake of these substances.” Brazil is on its third set of graphic images designed for the cigarette packs and aimed at young people.
The graphic images above are difficult to look at, but that’s the idea. The images are shocking and remind smokers each and every time they make a purchase that their habit has a cost to them and their family beyond the money spent to buy the cigarettes. Tobacco companies rely on their package designs to attract new smokers to replace the nearly 6 million who die from smoking worldwide. Placing graphic images on the packs may cause adult smokers to think twice about smoking, and could decrease the incidence of young people from picking up the habit.
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