June 21, 2011 |
Cigarette labels are going for the throat. If you’ve ever peeked at the gross-out pictures in a medical book, you’re really going to want to check out the new warning labels that will soon appear on all cigarette packages sold in the U.S. The tobacco labels — unveiled Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration — definitely ratchet up the shock value. Instead of a few stern words from the surgeon general, new packages will feature graphic pictures — a guy blowing smoke through a tracheotomy hole in his neck, a corpse with an evidently unsuccessful surgical scar running down his chest, a cancerous lip, a set of diseased lungs.
November 26, 2010
The danger dots Re "Patt Morrison Asks: Brian Jenkins," Opinion, Nov. 20 Brian Jenkins agrees with Condoleezza Rice that "security has to be right 100% of the time but terrorists only once. " Actually, as Jenkins points out, it seems that terrorists don't have to be "right" (successful attacks) at all anymore. Just by attempting attacks, they send us into a fear-driven frenzy of responses that disrupt our society and economy without making us significantly more secure.
November 16, 2010
Speaking of Pelosi Re "Speaker or not, she's a keeper," Editorial, Nov. 11 Thank you for your timely defense of Nancy Pelosi's performance as speaker of the House. As you aptly mentioned, her job is to pass legislation, not to win popularity awards. Part of the reason Democrats often fail, even with sizable majorities, is they forget this fact. Whether or not you agree with healthcare reform or tighter controls on Wall Street, passing these historic bills despite a solidly entrenched GOP was a huge accomplishment.
November 11, 2010 |
Cigarette labels are about to get more graphic and, for now at least, those warning labels on cigarette packages are proving quite the talker. Americans seem fascinated by the proposed package images of corpses and cancer patients, and compelled to comment . But the FDA's labels aren't nearly as gory as what appears on these cigarette warning labels from other countries. Hundreds of folks have weighed in on a Huffington Post story , some favoring education over scare tactics while others laud the use of visual cues to deter smokers.
November 11, 2010 |
In the first major change to cigarette packaging in a quarter-century, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would require graphic warning labels that cover half a package's front and rear and the top 20% of all cigarette ads. The labels will feature either drawings or photos illustrating graphically the dangers associated with smoking and will be accompanied by text stating that smoking is addictive or that it kills. The pictures feature such things as a diseased lung, a corpse and a man smoking a cigarette through a tracheotomy tube.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2010 |
An Orange County jury Tuesday declined to hold Botox maker Allergan Inc. liable in the death of a 7-year-old Texas girl being treated for cerebral palsy because it found the company's warning labels adequate. The closely watched case is believed to be the first to go to trial over allegations that the botulinum toxin-based drug contributed to a death. At issue was the safety of the blockbuster cosmetic drug in the higher dosages that are used in pediatric cerebral palsy cases and the adequacy of the Irvine manufacturer's warning labels.
August 10, 2009
If there's anything good about putting warning notices on packages of frankfurters, it's that the labels could say: Beware of Dog. A New Jersey lawsuit demanding cigarette-pack-type warnings on hot dogs is mainly a crank case by a veganism advocacy group, the sort of legal action that makes for headlines rather than meaningful consumer protection. That suit -- and another one filed just a day later in New Jersey demanding that Denny's restaurant menus include the sodium content of all its dishes (as well as a warning label about the dangers of salt)
July 23, 2009 |
"Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer." That's the label that a vegan advocacy group wants a New Jersey court to order Oscar Mayer, Hebrew National and other food companies to slap on hot dog packages. The nonprofit Cancer Project filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of three New Jersey plaintiffs asking the Essex County Superior Court to compel the companies to place cancer-risk warning labels on hot dog packages sold in New Jersey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2009 |
A state panel will not require warning labels on metal cans, plastic bottles and other products that contain bisphenol A, despite more than 200 studies that have linked the chemical to cancer and reproductive problems. Wednesday's unanimous decision may speak to the limitations of the state Environmental Protection Agency's Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Dorothy Burk, chairwoman of the committee, acknowledged its reach is limited.