FDA proposes graphic cigarette labels

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled proposals for 36 new warning labels for cigarette packages yesterday.

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled proposals for 36 new warning labels for cigarette packages yesterday.

The labels cover half of a cigarette pack and feature photos depicting the health implications of cigarettes. One picture shows a toe tag on a corpse while another shows a man blowing smoke through a tracheotomy hole.

The labels are part of a law passed by the FDA last year. Cigarette manufacturers have come out against the labels saying they infringe on the companies' property and free-speech rights.

The FDA is seeking public comment on the proposed labels starting tomorrow through January 11, 2011.

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