September 01, 2000
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Not to put a damper on a profitable trend, but cigars sold in the United States soon will carry warnings alerting smokers to grave health risks. Stogies will be labeled with one of five statements from the Surgeon General, including “Cigar Smoking Can Cause Cancers Of The Mouth And Throat, Even If You Do Not Inhale,” “Cigars Are Not A Safe Alternative To Cigarettes” and sure to be popular at cocktail parties “Tobacco Smoke Increases The Risk Of Lung Cancer And Heart Disease, Even In Nonsmokers.”

In a settlement announced in late June by the Federal Trade Commission, the seven largest U.S. cigar companies agreed to include the statements on cigar boxes, smaller packages and individually sold cigars. The warnings are more stringent than those currently on cigarettes, requiring a more prominent package display and specifying the dangers of secondhand smoke.

The action follows the release of a smoldering report by the National Cancer Institute detailing the risks associated with cigar smoking. Look for new labeling to appear by early 2001.


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