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Will Images Of Blackened Lungs Give Smokers Pause?

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer reports that state health officials want to toughen anti-smoking efforts by posting graphic pictures of "blackened lungs, diseased hearts and even decaying teeth," near tobacco displays in stores that sell cigarettes.

The proposal, in addition to using scary images to dissuade smokers, would also post information about smoking cessation programs and other resources, Pfeiffer writes:

If the proposal is approved, Massachusetts would become the first state to require these types of graphic medical warnings at retail outlets that sell tobacco. Stores found in violation would face fines of $100 to $300.

Modeled after a similar program in New York City, the campaign would be funded by $316,000 of federal stimulus money, so the signs would be supplied at no cost to store owners.

A vote on the proposal is expected as early as August.

This program aired on May 13, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Rachel Zimmerman Twitter Health Reporter
Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for Bostonomix.

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