|Published:||Nov 10, 2010 4:58 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 10, 2010 1:58 PM EST|
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government is unveiling a new plan to snuff out tobacco use, including new larger, graphic warning labels for cigarettes that include images of corpses, cancer patients, and diseased lungs and teeth.
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced new efforts to reduce tobacco use, which is responsible for about 443,000 deaths per year.
The plan is part of the law passed in June 2009 giving the FDA authority to regulate tobacco.
The new labels will be finalized by June and cigarette makers have 15 months to comply.