Ok, if you are eating or drinking or even smoking something…put it down before you look at this…
The FDA released new warning labels that will start to appear on cigarette packaging and advertising in September 2012.
The new labels are the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years. The FDA says that these warnings are expected to have “a significant public health impact by decreasing the number of smokers, resulting in lives saved, increased life expectancy, and lower medical costs. ”
Personally, I thought that with the price of cigarettes and with the warnings all over the place, people would have kicked this habit. Unfortunately, smoking is still killing, according to the VA, more than 440,000 Americans each year—more than alcohol, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, and HIV/AIDS combined.
Why are people still smoking?
The CDC says that In 2006 (latest data available), cigarette companies spent $12.4 billion on advertising and promotional expenses in the United States alone, more than double what was spent in 1997.
The five major U.S. smokeless tobacco manufacturers spent $354 million on smokeless tobacco advertising and promotion in 2006 (latest data available).
The money cigarette companies spent in 2006 on U.S. marketing amounted to approximately—
- $34 million per day
- $42 for every person in the United States, and
- more than $275 for each U.S. smoker aged 18 years or older.1,3,4
If I rang your doorbell and handed this to you…
Would you share it with anyone or would you stash it away for yourself?
Oh…let me add this detail…there are no calories in it.