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FDA proposes graphic warning labels for cigarettes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The  Food and Drug Administration is willing to try shock therapy to get Americans to quit smoking.

They've proposed graphic new labels for cigarette cartons. The labels include photos of mouth cancer, diseased lungs, and people who've had their voice box removed because of cancer.

Cigarette warning labels haven't been changed in 25 years. The new warnings are required on cartons by 2012, and they must cover at least 50 percent of the front and back of the packaging.  

The FDA is taking public comments until January.

Tobacco company Phillip Morris says it plans to weigh in. RJ Reynolds is already suing over the labels.

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