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By Doug Powers  •  June 21, 2011 10:50 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Today is the FDA’s official unveling of new cigarette warning labels, because “use of this product causes cancer, emphysema and death” was too hard to understand:

TUESDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) — In a dramatic bid to get more Americans to quit smoking, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine graphic warning labels that will appear on all packs of cigarettes by no later than September 2012.

One image shows a man’s face and a lighted cigarette in his hand, with smoke escaping from a hole in his neck — the result of a tracheotomy. The caption reads “Cigarettes are addictive.” Another image shows a mother holding a baby as smoke swirls about them, with the warning: “Tobacco smoke can harm your children.”

A third images depicts a distraught woman with the caption: “Warning: Smoking causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers.”

A fourth picture shows a mouth with smoked-stained teeth and an open sore on the lower lip. “Cigarettes cause cancer,” the caption reads.

So why doesn’t the government just ban cigarettes since they’re so horrendously unhealthy? Well, they care about our health, but not that much. The government rakes in billions of dollars per year from smokers. Maybe a label that highlights the paradoxical merry-go-round the government has created with its use of tobacco taxes would be more effective: “Warning: Taxes from this product help fund SCHIP, so quitting would be hazardous to the health of children.”

Oddly enough, the government continues to ignore proposals to put similarly graphic warning labels on abortion clinics.

Warning labels for voting machines are, sadly, not going to happen any time in the near future either.

**Written by Doug Powers

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