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Smoking prevention effort targets packaging

Posted On Wed, November 10, 2010

Cigarette packaging is getting a makeover. New warnings and images are being proposed in order to make it more clear on the potential harm smoking can cause.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to use proposed changes by the Food and Drug Administration to create the new labeling. Larger warnings and more noticeable graphics are in the plans to cover the packaging.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the new regulations will hopefully prevent people from starting to smoke.

"Every day, almost 4,000 youth try a cigarette for the first time and 1,000 youth become regular, daily smokers," says Sebelius. "Today marks an important milestone in protecting our children and the health of the American public."

According to the 2008 National Health Interview Survey, more than 21 million men and women smoke in the country, putting them at an increased risk of having a heart attack. Furthermore, those who smoke may be subjected to higher life insurance premiums as a result. It's been asserted by health organizations that smoking is one of the most preventable causes of death.

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