Majority Of Americans Support Cigarette Warning Labels

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mulled over the idea of creating more graphic warning labels for cigarette packages in an effort to further regulate tobacco. With help from Thomson Reuters, NPR launched a survey to determine how many Americans were in favor of the labels being tailored to the products.

Thomson Reuters surveyed 3,000 individuals over the phone, according to NPR. Approximately 56 percent said they do not smoke, while 17 percent said they currently use cigarettes. Of the people who participated in the research, 54 percent were in favor of the proposed warning labels. Nearly 24 percent opposed the labels, which may contain graphics that depict images of the negative health consequences that are related to cigarettes.

Despite more than half of the participants supporting the new labels, more than three-quarters of respondents said they believe that anti-smoking campaigns are not effective. However, Approximately 22 percent of smokers said that negative cigarette advertising has led them to use tobacco less, which may indicate that warning labels could have a positive impact.

Approximately 46 million adults in the U.S. were regular smokers in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab programs can help individuals addicted to nicotine.