Will Graphic Images on Cigarette Packages Reduce the Smoking Rate?

         

Nov. 12, 2010 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slated to require graphic images of the harmful effects of cigarette smoking on cigarette packs in an effort to curb smoking, the most common cause of lung cancer. In this Cancer Connection podcast, Siteman Cancer Center medical oncologist Ramaswamy Govindan, MD, says he believes the new imagery could prevent adolescents from beginning to smoke and may convince many adults to stop. That's good news for smokers, he adds, since the benefits of quitting begin immediately, and the risk of developing lung cancer decreases considerably over a number of years. And it's good news for the health of our country since, according to Govindan, lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

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