No Hiding Behind These Labels

In 1965, the US government began forcing cigarette makers to include labels on cigarette packs warning that smoking may be hazardous to your health, making the labels one of our 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health.

50 years later, smoking rates fell markedly in the US—yet smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the country. Packs featuring images of people severely sickened by smoking could spur more to quit, according to a 2016 paper in JAMA Internal Medicine—but tobacco companies successfully pushed back on an attempt by the US Congress tried to add such warnings in 2009.

Check GHN every Wednesday for an up-close look at one of the objects that made the list published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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