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PHOENIX, Ariz. - The small Surgeon General's warning on cigarette packs will soon be replaced by a much larger and more disturbing alert.
The Food and Drug Administration is requiring tobacco companies to display one of nine warnings on the top half of each pack. Cartons and advertisements will also have to display the new label.
Images include a man with a tracheotomy, a smoker with rotted teeth and lip sores, as well as lungs before and after being stricken with disease.
The change is required starting September of 2012.
The Centers for Disease Control reports there are 8.5 million Americans living with smoking-related diseases.
Jessica Perez, who is a smoker, agrees with the move. "I don't have a problem putting honesty on packs of cigarettes, it might deter a lot of people."
She admits the graphic pictures won't affect her decision to smoke. "A lot of us have seen that before and to a lot of us, it just doesn't do much."
Will Ghattas who owns Seventh Avenue Smoke Shop says that while he understands why the FDA is requiring the labels, he feels cigarettes are being unfairly targeted.
"Why don't they put on alcohol, pictures of people getting sick, and liver diseases and all that on the bottles of liquor."