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Our View: Brits raise scare factor on tobacco

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Posted: Saturday, October 11, 2008 6:40 pm | Updated: 8:54 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Brits are getting graphic and gruesome in their fight against cigarette smoking.

Cigarette packs now carry photos of all the awful things that can happen to you from smoking - lung cancer, throat cancer, heart surgery, and gum disease. The old warning labels weren't particularly genteel - "Smoking can cause a slow and painful death" - but the Brits decided to go the medical textbook route and show smokers what they might see if they attended their own autopsy.

The campaign comes at a good time because London's high-flying investment banks and brokerages have been hit as hard as our own and as a result, according to the Associated Press, cigarette and alcohol sales are rising.

If the pictures work in the United Kingdom, our own health nannies will surely want to try them here.

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