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Warning: Smoking Might Scare you to Death

If lung cancer isn't enough of a deterrent, new cigarette labels themselves might persuade you not to smoke. As of October 2012, cigarette manufacturers are required to add large, graphic warning labels to packages and advertising campaigns.

Among the nine new large photographs depicting the effects of smoking is one of a diseased lung, as well as a man exhaling through a tracheotomy hole in his neck. They're also accompanied by blunt messages such as, "Smoking can kill you" and "Cigarettes cause cancer." The new labels represent the biggest change to cigarette warning labels and ads in more than 25 years.

The U.S. government is using the outsized labels as part of its ongoing but intensified war on smoking, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is ranked as the leading cause of preventable and premature death. Smoking is associated with approximately 443,000 annual deaths in the U.S.

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