(THE HILL) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday proposed graphic warning labels that would appear on cigarette packs with ominous messages about the health risks associated with smoking.
The 13 images, if approved, would represent the most significant changes to cigarette labels in 35 years, according to the FDA.
One warning label features a photo of a woman with a large lump on her neck next to text that reads "WARNING: Smoking causes head and neck cancer."
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Another image shows a pair of feet with missing toes, with the message "WARNING: Smoking reduces blood flow to the limbs, which can require amputation."
"Given the extreme risks cigarette smoking poses to the public health, new proposed warnings of this type are critical to promote greater understanding of the risks associated with cigarette smoking," said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.