Jul 30, 2010
Misleading labels on cigarettes can no longer be used
Tobacco companies have long used deception to market cigarettes and to continue to sell them with no restrictions for years despite undisputable scientific proof of the damage caused by smoking and secondhand smoke, but the “The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act” passed last June is making sure that will not happen again.
As of last week on July 22, cigarettes with the false and misleading labels of “light,” “low,” “mild” or similar descriptors will no longer be allowed to be distributed for sale because many smokers mistakenly believe that these products cause fewer health problems than other cigarettes.
Consumers may continue to see these products for sale in stores after July 22, but smokers should know that these products are no less harmful than any other cigarette. It will be illegal for manufacturers to introduce these products into the marketplace of the United States.
Smokers who use light cigarettes do not reduce their risk for developing smoking-related cancers and other diseases. Switching to light cigarettes does not help smokers quit, and may actually decrease the motivation to quit. No matter what they taste, smell or look like, all cigarettes are harmful to your health. There’s no such thing as a safe cigarette.