Editorial Board

The U.S. Needs Ugly Smoking Pictures, Too

The FDA is moving too slowly in mandating graphic labels on cigarette packs.

Cigarettes in Australia.

Photographer: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Graphic images of diseased lungs, rotting teeth and people smoking through tracheotomy holes aren’t the best way to sell cigarettes. Which is exactly why they feature so prominently on cigarette packs in dozens of countries -- and should in the U.S. as well.

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