In the first major change to cigarette packaging in a quarter-century, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would require graphic warning labels that cover half a package's front and rear and the top 20% of all cigarette ads.http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/11/science/la-sci-1111-cigarette-packages-20101111
The labels will feature either drawings or photos illustrating graphically the dangers associated with smoking and will be accompanied by text stating that smoking is addictive or that it kills. The pictures feature such things as a diseased lung, a corpse and a man smoking a cigarette through a tracheotomy tube. They are not quite as grim as some used in other countries, but regulators hope they will be sufficiently frightening to keep young people from beginning to smoke and to strengthen the will of those who are attempting to quit.
Anyone who denies there is too much wasteful government spending needs to look at how much the design and implementation of this new regulation will cost the taxpayer. Remember, the purpose of these regulations is to more strongly warn us of what we already know.