The new regulations requiring tobacco companies in the United States to place new graphic health warnings on cigarette packets, have been pushed back from June to October 2021.
The United States has been lagging behind other countries with regards to cigarette warnings. In fact, the FDA has not updated cigarette pack warnings for over 30 years, since 1984.
Finally, in the Summer of 2019, the FDA put forward proposals for new regulations requiring new effective graphic health warnings that cover at least 50% of the surface area of cigarette packages. The new warnings carry messages such as “Smoking reduces blood flow to the limbs, which can require amputation,” and “Smoking causes bladder cancer, which can lead to bloody urine.”
The ‘effective date’ delayed until October 16th 2021
In total there are 11 warnings featuring such statements that are accompanied by color graphic images of health conditions caused by smoking. Originally set to go into effect on June 18th, 2021, the FDA has now delayed the ‘effective date’ until October 16, 2021.
Diane Caruana – VapingPost – 2021-04-01.