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Appropriate Way To Stop Smoking

Big Tobacco is making a big deal out of the Food and Drug Administration’s new, graphic cigarette packaging. They have sued the federal government, complaining that the new labels will cost them millions of dollars to produce new packaging.

Compare those millions to the $2.16 billion in smoking cigarettes-related health care costs in Tennessee in 2004 (the latest year totals are available).

Let’s face facts — once again — on the cigarettes store epidemic in Tennessee, where 22 percent of all adults are daily smokers and our state ranks 47th in the amount of dollars spent in discount cigarette online prevention each year.

The new, larger warning labels, to be on packaging and in advertising by September 2012, feature a “no holds barred” approach by the FDA to the deadly toll of smoking cigarettes.

While the Big Tobacco lawsuit complained about the graphic images, they cannot argue with the warning labels, which include:

Cigarettes are addictive.

Cigarettes cause cancer.

Cigarettes cause strokes and heart disease.

Among the images are pictures of healthy lungs next to tobacco-damaged lungs, rotten teeth and gums caused by smoking cigarettes, a model laid out to look like a corpse and a photo of a toddler with the warning, “Tobacco smoke cigarettes can harm your children.”

As a pediatrician, I am especially conscious of the dangers of secondhand smoke cigarettes — nearly as deadly to nonsmokers as the smoker who actually puffs away. The Environmental Protection Agency says secondhand smoking cigarettes is “classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent).” According to the EPA, children exposed to secondhand smoke cigarettes face between 150,000 and 300,000 lower-respiratory-tract infections in children less than 18 months old, and result in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations annually. Secondhand smoke cigarettes can also cause children to suffer bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections and serious asthma attacks.

I talk to parents every day about the importance of a smoke-free home and urge them to consider their health and their children’s health as the most important reasons to quit smoking cigarettes. Many recognize the health issues from smoking cigarettes, but struggle to end their addiction. Former smokers will say nothing’s harder than quitting, but there is help. There are quit classes and support groups and smoking cigarettes cessation products, both over-the-counter and by prescription, are available and help smokers end their addiction.

But their children are not yet addicted, hopefully. From my viewpoint, the FDA’s real target should be our nation’s youth. Their parents who smoke cigarettes aren’t likely to be affected by the dark lung or the corpse on the side of the pack. But impressionable pre-teens and teen-agers are a different story, especially considering the discouraging statistics that nearly 21 percent of Tennessee youth are daily smokers, with some 8,000 new youth smokers every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

My hope is that the court dismisses the Big Tobacco lawsuit; we must fight this epidemic with every weapon at our disposal — deadly pictures included.





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