(CBS) Do the FDA's shocking new tobacco warning labels go too far in trying to get people to stop smoking?Some say yes, including scores of people who have posted comments on the CBS News website. But a leading expert on tobacco warnings says the proposed labels - which include images of dead bodies and diseased lungs - don't go nearly far enough to spell out the health hazards of smoking. PICTURES: 33 New Terrifying Tobacco Warning Labels"The labels are a little light on hard-hitting images," says Dr. David Hammond, professor of health studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. "Strong, graphic, aesthetically displeasing images have been shown to be very effective at deterring smoking, especially with kids. There is good reason for having graphically strong pictures as long as they depict the health effects truthfully." Hammond tells CBS News that other countries have seen steep declines in smoking rates after requiring labels that feature smoking-related images that are far … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Cigarette Labels Not Gruesome Enough, Says Expert (PICTURES)
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(CBS) The FDA has really stepped into it with its gruesome new tobacco warning labels.Some are praising the agency for forcing smokers to confront head-on the health costs of their bad habit. But others - including scores of people who posted comments about CBS News' coverageof the labels - complain that the agency is playing health police. SLIDESHOW: 33 New Terrifying Tobacco Warning LabelsThey argue that smokers already know the dangers posed by smoking and won't be swayed by seeing graphic images of corpses and diseased lungs each time they buy a pack of cigarettes. "Heavy hitting graphics and statements on posters, radio and TV commercials as well as on cigarette packages can go a long way to providing the 'jolt' needed to either steer someone away from starting to smoke, or to guide them to the realization of the need to quit, Dr. Jonathan Whiteson, medical director of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness and Rehabilitation Program at NYU Langone Medical Center, said in a written … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Cigarette Warnings Go Gruesome: Did the Health Police Go Too Far?
(CBS) When it comes to graphic cigarette warning labels, the U.S. is late to the game.PICTURES: Terrifying Cigarette Labels from BrazilOther countries have long required cigarette packages to bear images showing smoking's horrific effects on the body. And some are a bit more disturbing than the corpses and diseased lungs featured in the warning labels just released by the FDA . Those labels have outraged some, including quite a few who have posted comments on the CBS News website. Brazil's cigarette warning labels are among the world's most graphic. They include images of dead babies, scarred corpses, and a gangrenous foot. Yuck. But Dr. David Hammond, professor of health studies at the University of Waterloo and an expert on cigarette warning labels, says Brazil's labels are powerful deterrents to smoking. Statistics seem to back him up: according to a Brazilian government website, smoking among adults in Brazil dropped from 35 percent in 1989 to 22 percent in 2003. So he's not just … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Cigarette Warning Labels: Brazil’s More Shocking than Ours (PICTURES)
If you're suffering from overexposure to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the Internet has a cure for that. "Trump Filter," a new Google Chrome extension created by self-described "punk rock technolologist" Rob Spectre, removes mentions of the GOP front-runner from any web page viewed on the browser, promising that "Donald simply disappears from your view." Available in Google's Chrome Web Store, the feature allows the the user to "adjust your level of Trump filtration based on your mood or the website you are visiting." It has three filter sensitivity levels -- "mild," "aggressive," and "vindictive" -- that a viewer can choose depending on just "how much you want to avoid the Donald." With the filter on, any news article -- including anything from the CBS News website -- with a mention of Trump simply appears as a blank web page. The Brooklyn-based Spectre writes on his website that he is not affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic parties. Rather, Spectre … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo How to block Donald Trump from your Internet
Vicky Vines has a very special souvenir from the Oscars, thanks to Jennifer Aniston. Aniston’s spokesperson confirmed to “Inside Edition” that the actress gave Vines her sunglasses to keep. Vines and her fiancé, Gary Allen Coe -- also known as Gary from Chicago -- became the breakout stars of the Oscars after Jimmy Kimmel pulled a prank and brought a busload of tourists into the show. When Kimmel learned that Vines and Coe were engaged, he instructed Aniston to give them a wedding gift. Aniston handed over her $625 sunglasses, and her publicist quashed rumors that she expected the sunglasses back. Vines expressed her gratitude on “Inside Edition” and said, “Jen, thank you much, sweetie. I love you so much.” Coe told “Inside Edition” that crashing the Oscars was “magical,” even though his criminal history quickly became public knowledge. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Jennifer Aniston says Vicky from Chicago can keep sunglasses