In what may be a rare move, the Food and Drug Administration is opening up to the public for their opinion on whether or not it is a good idea to start printing graphic images on cigarette packs in what is considered by many to be an act to discourage new smokers. This is something that could end up being a big influence on the decision the FDA makes. There are essentially two sides to this issue.
One side feels that the images are offensive and will do nothing more than gross people out. In addition, the regulations proposed would require that 30% of the packaging for smokeless tobacco products be dedicated to these graphic images, which could deter those wanting to quit into believing that smokeless tobacco is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.
However, there are others that feel that this is a good opportunity to push smokers into quitting by constantly reminding them of the harmful effects of cigarettes.
The debate over the images remains a strong one, but what effect the images will have in the long run remains to be seen. The comment period for these suggestions on the Federal Register ends in 54 days from now