WARNING: Reading this newspaper might cause paper cuts. Or, for Web users — WARNING: Reading this page might cause eye strain. We doubt those warnings would cause many readers to stop using Star Press products.
If this sounds silly, then one has to question the efficacy of the government forcing cigarette makers to slap graphic photos on their packages starting in 2012. The Food and Drug Administration has approved nine new warnings to rotate on cigarette packs. They will be printed on the entire top half, front and back, of the packaging. The new warnings also must constitute 20 percent of any cigarette advertising, and will include a number for a stop-smoking hotline.