In a new video released by the White House, President Barack Obama has a tough message for cigarette makers: "be honest about the consequences" of smoking and do not block graphic images on cigarette packages.
President Obama didn't mince his words when talking about the graphic images: "Today, some big tobacco companies are trying to block these labels because they don't want to be honest about the consequences of using their products."
The President, himself a former smoker, who now chews nicotine gum, admitted that "quitting smoking is hard. Believe me, I know," reports Politico.
The President’s comments come about after a federal judge recently struck down graphic images on cigarette packages. Judge Richard Leon found that the images, previously approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), would go beyond conveying health risks and into advocacy. The proposed images on cigarette packages were indeed quite graphic.
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