Washington, Nov 11 (ANI): Taking a stand against smoking, US has also unveiled anti-smoking scare photos on cigarette boxes.
Officials have informed that graphic pictures depicting the possible consequences of tobacco use are soon to adorn boxes of cigarettes sold in the country, reports the Discovery News.
The pictures, which include a corpse on a morgue slab and a man with a tracheotomy hole in his neck, are intended to scare people off smoking.
The initiative sees the US follow the lead of Australia, Canada, the UK and other nations.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released 36 separate images for public comment and the agency will choose nine graphics in next year after reviewing scientific literature, public comments and an 18,000-person study, the FDA said in a statement.
Beginning in autumn 2012, cigarettes will no longer be allowed for sale in the US without the new health warnings.
The proposed US graphics include sickly patients wearing oxygen masks, a man in shirt and tie gripping his heart in pain, a sick baby in an incubator and a body in a coffin along with some include more positive images as well such as a healthy-looking man wearing an "I quit" shirt, a pile of cigarettes in a toilet and a woman blowing a soap bubble. (ANI)