Walking around the other day I saw an empty cigarette box laying on the side of the road. The reason I noticed it was because of a very particular picture on the back. On the Lambert & Butler box there was a disturbing picture of rotting teeth and a black tongue. The caption read "Smoke contains benzene, nitrosamines, formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide".
In the United States all cigarette boxes have a Surgeon General's Warning, but they usually just say something to the effect that smoking is dangerous to your health. The fact that this U.K. cigarette box had such a vivid picture and other writing that said, "Smoking seriously harms you and others around you" taking up most of the box intrigued me. I started wondering what kind of laws there were in the U.K. on advertising for tobacco companies and the list of regulations that had to be on the box.
I started researching on the web, and what I found was that in the United Kingdom either "Smoking kills" or "Smoking seriously harms you and others around you" must be on every box and take up at least 30% of the front of the box. Also, an one of fourteen additional warning must take up 40% of the back of the box, as well as a picture warning showing the negative effects of tobacco on the back of every box.
All this information just made me wonder what kind of effect these type of warnings had on people smoking and what would happen if the U.S. passed laws like this.