Are Warning Labels on Cigarette Packages Legally Required in the US?


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The United States government requires that cigarette manufacturers place warning labels on cigarette packages and advertisements for cigarettes. Warning labels have been required since the 1970s.

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Cigarette package warning labels contain various statements that warn of the severe health consequences of smoking cigarettes. Cigarette warning labels are designed to encourage smokers to quit and additionally to prevent young people from starting to smoke. In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration instituted further requirements for warning labels. The new requirements mandated that the warnings be larger and placed more prominently. In addition to cigarettes, both cigars and smokeless tobacco must have warning labels. At least thirty-nine other countries require cigarette manufacturers to place warning labels on their products.

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