Graphic Cigarette Labeling Lauded by Research Experts
Research experts from the University of Buffalo laud new graphic cigarette labeling. The smoking cessation researchers say lack of warning labels is, in part, keeping Americans uninformed of the dangers of tobacco.
Gary Giovino, PhD, professor and chair of UB’s Department of Community Health and Health Behavior says, “Our research has shown that tobacco consumers in America are woefully under-informed about the health consequences of cigarette smoking, due in part to inadequate warning labels, health education campaigns and, more importantly, to tobacco industry marketing practices.”
New Cigarette Labeling Won’t Reverse Damage Already Done
Giovino says the new cigarette labels should be applauded,. “But it won’t correct all the damage that already has been done.”
Lynn Kozlowski, PhD, dean of the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions, also praised the plan for new warning labels on cigarettes saying, “We have not been a world leader in informing our citizens about the dangers of tobacco use.” Boosting taxes and price of cigarettes, smoking bans and counter-marketing practices should be increasing in the US and around the world.
Lynn Kozlowski is the former head of the Toronto-based Addiction Research Foundation’s Biobehavioral Research on Tobacco Use Unit and has published more than 100 papers on smoking cessation and tobacco related issues. Giovino spent 10 years as an epidemiologist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Smoking and Health, also serving as senior epidemiologist in the agency's Epidemiology Branch.
The research experts feel the graphic warnings on cigarettes, that are to cover half of a cigarette pack and include images of lungs damaged by cigarette smoke, is to be applauded and will help undereducated Americans better understands the dangers of tobacco. Kozlowski says tobacco control measures are also "critically needed around the world."